The Tata Institute for Genetics and Society (TIGS) is a partnership between the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and the Indiabased philanthropic Tata Trusts. TIGS is currently funded by a generous gift from the Tata Trusts, which are among India’s oldest, nonsectarian philanthropic organizations that have established several of India’s leading institutions, such as the Indian Institute of Science, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Tata Memorial Hospital and many other institutions of national and international importance. The overarching goal of TIGS is to advance global science and technology research in a socially conscious and ethical manner to ultimately find solutions to address some of the world’s most pressing issues, ranging from public health to agriculture.
TIGS-India, a new public charitable Trust, was launched in summer 2017, and operates as a Center within the Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine Institute (inStem) in Bangalore, Karnataka. TIGS‐India will work collaboratively with its partner institute, TIGSUC San Diego to train personnel, advance research, and facilitate the broad applications leveraging the latest genetics technologies for the improvement of human health and agriculture within India, and advancing knowledge in basic sciences.
A fully-funded postdoctoral training opportunity within the Tata Institute for Genetics and Society is immediately available for candidates to study urban and island populations of Anopheles mosquitoes in India. Candidates must have a PhD in the fields of Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Population Genomics or a related discipline (theoretical and/or applied). Successful candidates will work under the direction of Professor Gregory Lanzaro at the University of California, Davis, Vector Genetics Lab.
Details are available by visiting: https://vectorgeneticslab.ucda…
Ongoing research topics include:
- Interspecific hybridization and introgression as a mechanism for adaptation
- The evolution of populations on isolated islands
- Defining populations in urban centers as ecological islands
- Development of new wgs-based methods to estimate population size and dispersal
- Evaluating the behavior of gene drive systems via field trials
The successful candidate will work on whole-genome sequencing data sets to decipher recent population history and evolution in mosquitoes that are vectors of human diseases. Further major responsibilities include extending and customizing state of the art methodologies in this field to implement bioinformatical pipelines tailored towards the specific needs of the various projects.