Gene capture by endogenous retroviruses in crocodilians


This project focuses on the evolution and diversity of endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) in crocodiles


Associate Professor Jaime Gongora

Research Location

Sydney School of Veterinary Science

Program Type



This project investigates the gene capture by ERVs in crocodilian species. This follows up on previous studies in which we have revealed the capture of two host mRNA by ERVs: KIT-ligand and nectin3 genes. This project aims to understand the extent of this gene capture among the genomes of 20 crocodilian species. There is also the scope to investigate the significance of gene capture by ERVs for biomedical research. This project will involve bioinformatic analyses, DNA and RNA data. 

Additional Information

HDR Inherent Requirements

In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:

- Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
- Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
- Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
- Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
- Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
- Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
- Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;
- Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
- Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
- Hold a current scuba diving license;
- Hold a current Working with Children Check;
- Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)

You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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Crocodiles Endogenous Retrovirus Evolution Diversity

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2111

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