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Faculty in Biology


 

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Ben Koop, Professor

bkoop@uvic.ca

Office: PCH 041a Office Phone: 250-472-4071
Lab: PCH 060 Lab Phone: 250-472-4072

Centre for Biomedical Research

Salmon Genome Project

Research Interests:
My interests lie in the fields of Molecular Biology, Genetics and Evolution. My research attempts to look at broad molecular evolutionary problems using a very highly multidisciplinary approach. I currently have three major interest areas.

Salmon Genome Project and Genes of the Immune System

This project focusses on:
  • Genetic mechanisms of rediploidization in salmonids
  • Large scale DNA sequencing technologies
  • T cell receptors and other genes of the immune system
  • Transcriptomics and Bioinformatics
  • Diseases, particularly Sealice/Salmon genomic interactions

Molecular Evolution

Using multi gene families and a variety of species to examine molecular mechanisms, population dynamics (refugia, migrations...)

  • Genetic mechanisms of Molecular Evolution (Gene Conversion, Duplication, Deletion, Mutation etc). Currently we are targeting immune system genes of fishes.
  • Population dynamics (migration and refugia) along the islands and coast of British Columbia.

Biological Informatics

Sequence comparisons, multiple alignments, phylogeny, pattern identification and gene finding algorithms are being examined.

Publications:

Direct access to most articles is through 

Google Scholar, Web of Science, or PubMed


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