Ichthyology (Virtual) Seminar Series: Sea Lamprey Genome Research

Ichthyology is the study of fishes. This Fall semester, the BIO421L Ichthyology Lab will be hosting a seminar series. Guest speakers will be visiting Medaille (virtually) to discuss the importance of fishes in their scientific research.

The second presentation in this seminar series will start at 3:30 p.m. this Friday, March  5th on Blackboard Collaborate. (Please click on the link to join in!)

This seminar will feature a presentation by Dr. Jeramiah Smith, a professor, and researcher in the Department of Biology at the University of Kentucky at Lexington. Dr. Smith’s research focuses on gene rearrangement, with a specific focus on the genes of the Lamprey. The sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) is a parasitic lamprey native to the Northern Hemisphere. It is sometimes referred to as the “vampire fish.” These jawless fishes are an ancient lineage that emerged approximately 0.5 billion years ago. The study of lampreys provides geneticists with a valuable comparative model and critical insight into the genome structure, and developmental biology of ancestral vertebrates. Moreover, it is the only vertebrate genome that is known to undergo large-scale programmed rearrangement.

The study of the lamprey may teach us much about immunology, cancer treatment, aging and regeneration. (Please click here to join in!)

  • : M. Ryan Woodcock

Posted by: M. Ryan Woodcock