Molecular Phylogenetics and Systematics
The study focus on organisms of agriculture and public health importance and species with unique/specific features (e.g. parasites, generalists and specialists). It aims to provide answers to the systematic status of species complexes (occurrence of cryptic/sibling species), phylogenetic relationships, phylogeography, phylogenomics, and genetic markers for diseases. The main approach will be DNA sequencing and genome analysis.
- Phylogenetics, phylogeography and systematics of parasites of public health im-portance – e.g. Angiostrongylus spp. and Anisakis spp. Focus will be on molecular dif-ferentiation using DNA sequences and immunodiagnosis. The genome of Angiostrongylus spp will be attempted.
- Phylogenetics, systematics, phylogeography and biodiversity of arthropods – or-ganisms include tephritid fruit flies (of agiculture importance), odonates (beneficial in-sects), stingless bees (beneficial insects), spiders (beneficial animals) and other groups with unique life history. Phylogenomics of selected animals with unique features will be studied.
- Phylogenetics, phylogeography and systematics of vertebrates – focus will be on amphibians, reptiles and mammals.
- Genotyping of diseases – e.g. Parkinson’s Disease, angiostrongyliasis and anisakiasis
- Phylogenomics – flagship organisms with unique features
The methodology used is DNA sequences of selected genes will be analyzed to determine phylogenetic relationships, genetic diversity and systematics (occurrence of cryptic/sibling species, taxonomic identification, etc). For certain groups, organisms from various geographical areas (e.g. Wallacea, Indochina) will be used also for biogeography/phylogeography analysis. A draft Genome will be generated for flagship organism using sequence-by-synthesis approach (PacBio and Illumina sequencers).
Figure: Mating pair of Ceriagrion Chaoi
Principal Investigator : Emeritus Professor Dr. Yong Hoi Sen
Co-Principal Investigators : Dr. Lim Phaik Eem
For more information on the research, Please contact: ASSOCIATE PROF. DR. STEFANIE SHAMILA PILLAI