Dr Peter Arensburger

United States
Smart Loire Valley Programme
December, 2013 to September, 2014
June, 2015 to September, 2015


California State Polytechnic University - USA

In residence at

Physiology of Reproduction and Behaviour (PRC) / Centre INRAE Val de Loire, CNRS, University of Tours, IFCE - FR

Host scientist

Dr. Yves Bigot


Impact of space segregation between micro and macrochromosomes on distributions of both kinds of transposable elements in avian genomes

This project is primarily concerned with studying the dynamics and distribution of transposable elements (TEs) in avian genomes. A secondary objective is to determine whether the organization of avian genomes into macro-and micro-chromosomes, a feature that is absent in other animal taxa, interferes with the ability of TEs to transpose and to recombine within chromosomes. This information is of crucial importance for the improvement of races because TEs are known to be an important source of genetic variability among eukaryotic species and are involved in certain differentiation processes during development and tissue differentiation.

The structuring objective of this project is to improve bioinformatic analysis tools for use with important farm animal genomes by supporting the creation of a new genomics research team within the Centre INRAE Val de Loire, PRC research unit.


Events organised by this fellow

Genomes are More than Just Genes, Searching and Describing Transposable Elements
Éléments transposables, la partie cachée des génomes

Articles Published

  • Mariner Transposons Contain a Silencer: Possible Role of the Polycomb Repressive Complex 2

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  • The future of transposable element annotation and their classification in the light of functional genomics - what we can learn from the fables of Jean de la Fontaine?

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  • But where did the centromeres go in the chicken genome models?

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  • Variations in genome size between wild and domesticated lineages of fowls belonging to the Gallus gallus species

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