Introduction to OMGN


Because of their economic impact as plant pathogens, molecular, genetic and genomics studies are well advanced in many oomycete species. These organisms have served as lead species for the entire Stramenopiles lineage, a major radiation of crown eukaryotes, distinct from plants, animals and fungi. The oomycete molecular genetics community has a strong culture of collaboration and communication, and sharing of techniques and resources. With the recent blossoming of genetic and genomic tools for oomycetes, many new investigators, from a variety of backgrounds, have become interested in oomycete molecular genetics and genomics. The goals of the Oomycete Molecular Genetics Research Collaboration Network is to facilitate the integration of these investigators into the community and to further strengthen the cooperative culture of this community. A particular emphasis is placed on training and integrating junior faculty and faculty from institutions under-represented in the U.S. research infrastructure. The network's activities have been supported by two grants from the NSF Research Collaboration Networks in Biology program.

Goals of OMGN

1.     Provide training to oömycete molecular genetics researchers, especially those from smaller institutions, in the use of bioinformatics and genomics resources.

2.     Promote the entry, participation and training of new investigators into the field of oömycete genomics, particularly junior faculty and faculty from institutions under-represented in the U.S. research infrastructure.

3.     Promote communication and collaboration, and minimize duplication of effort, within the worldwide oömycete genomics community.

4.     Support an Oömycete Genomics Resources Center to maintain and distribute training and research materials produced by community genomics projects.




The coordinator of the OMGN is Brett Tyler (Virginia Tech). Community advice to Brett Tyler is provided via discussions at the annual conference and by the Steering Committee. The members of the Steering Committee are elected by the community, and there are two members appointed to help maintain balanced representation from researchers interested in different oomycete species, researchers from the US and overseas, and both established and new oomycete molecular genetics researchers.


Current Steering Committee (2008-2009)

Howard Judelson : University of California, Riverside
Arnaud Bottin

: Université Paul-Sabatier, Toulouse, France  

Nik Grunwald

: USDA-ARS, Corvallis, Oregon

Kurt Lamour : University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Pieter van West : Aberdeen University, Scotland
Manuel Ospina-Giraldo

: Lafayette College, USA

Joe Win : Sainsbury  Laboratory, UK
Rays Jiang : Broad Institute, USA
Laura Grenville-Briggs : Aberdeen University, Scotland

The proposed network is open to all researchers with an interest in oomycete molecular genetics and genomics, either at an experimental or a computational level. Investigators new to the field are always welcome, especially those interested in saprophytes and animal pathogens. Please contact Brett Tyler ( with a brief description of your research interests if you wish to become a member of the network.