Our new robot is at work on its first genomic libraries!

Our new Tecan liquid handling robot is here! It started to learn the TruSeq protocol for constructing genomic libraries. Shani will use it to construct 300 libraries for genomic sequencing of our large population sample from Cataglyphis niger, for our GWAS project. We're still getting to know each other, but it seems we're going to have a wonderful and productive relationship. So we decided to name it נח (Noah).

Here it is in action! - click here to see the video

BSF grant to study genome evolution

We won a BSF grant together with Jessica Purcell and Alan Brelsford from UC Riverside, and also in collaboration with the GAGA consortium. In this four-year project we will construct genomic maps (linkage maps) for ten formicine species. The same species will have a reference genome sequenced by GAGA. This will allow reconstructing the evolution of chromosomes along the phylogeny and the study of evolution of recombination rate variation along the genome. We will look at aspects of genome evolution related to the evolution of sociality, especially the evolution of social chromosome(s).


Rana and Pnina received their M.Sc. diplomas! Pnina is already on track for her direct Ph.D. and Rana will hopefully also come back soon to continue her studies

Rana and Pnina receive their M.Sc

First made-in-Israel RADseq library

A big day for the lab! We got the sequencing results for the first RADseq (Restriction-site Associated DNA sequencing) library, and they look great! Shani built this library from 117 brothers (male drones collected from one nest in Bezet). QC of the samples and library went very well and the output from the sequencer looks amazing:

To the best of our knowledge, this is the first RADseq library constructed in Israel. Well done Shani!