During October-December 2013, Dr. Maria Carmen Ablan Lagman and her research team based at institutions across the Philippines continued gathering their data. Microsatellite marker work is on schedule for K.pelamis
, while some delays were encountered with A. hayacinthus
and the fish A
analysis at the institutions outside of Manila. On October 14-16, 2013, twenty-eight graduate students from the five PEER project institutions attended a workshop conducted by Dr. Lagman and co-PI Dr. Gotanco of UPMSI on the basics of reading microsatellite marker data and options for analysis. Students working on the project started gathering substantial microsatellite marker data and have been evaluating, encoding, and conducting preliminary analysis. Dr. Lagman with her two co-PIs Dr. Gotanco and Dr. Nanola and their students presented six PEER project papers on the initial results of the PhilFishConnect project at the 12th National Symposium in Marine Science held on October 25-28, 2013, in Tacloban, Leyte. This symposium was held just a week before the city was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. The Philippine Genetic Diversity Network (PGDN) webpage
, including a directory of researchers and research projects gathering genetic data and the genes of interest, was launched and features articles of interest, issues on genetic diversity, upcoming events among the practitioners, and a section on genetic data gathering and analysis tools. As planned, Dr. Lagman is currently at the Oregon State University (OSU) on a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship with Dr. Eli Meyer focusing their research on the assembly of the transcriptome of the mud crab S
. After she returns home to Manila in the spring, a workshop on next-generation sequencing (NGS) is planned for mid-June 2014 with U.S. PEER collaborator Dr. Kent Carpenter and her Fulbright faculty host Dr. Meyer. During the first six months of 2014, data gathering and analysis will continue for the microsatellite markers from the collected samples. Discussion groups for data analysis will be convened as necessary. NGS data analysis is proceeding very well for the S serrata
transcriptome, as this is being done by the PI at OSU. The Fulbright-supported project on gene expression will benefit from this PEER-funded project data and analysis as well. Two papers are expected to be produced as a result: one for the PEER project and another for the Fulbright-supported project.