PhD student visits Cornell

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Sindy Gutschker, one of Biocomputing Lab PhD students, is for a six weeklong research period at the Boyce-Thompson-Institute, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA. In the US, Sindy will learn new methods from the fields of genomics, transcriptomics, bioinformatics.

The main goal of her research at the Boyce-Thompson-Institute will be the analysis of the PYT52 Cassava (Manihot esculenta) population. For that, Sindy will use several different transcriptome, cluster, and correlation approaches to identify subpopulations because of metabolic and/or trait similarities. Subsequent analyses will hopefully reveal transcripts responsible for the generation of the subpopulations.

In a second project, Sindy was able to incorporate the expression profile data form the PYT52 population into the expression atlas of the Boyce-Thompson-Institute. The addition of these data will help scientists studying similar processes and species with their molecular biological and bioinformatic work.