Dr. Lawley has over 13 years’ experience leveraging Illumina technology to solve applied real-world challenges, primarily in the non-human and agriculture markets.  She helped drive the development of Illumina’s first Infinium™ products and has driven development of over 45 species and targeted array solutions for the agriculture and human market.  With a strong background in both genotyping and sequencing services, she is keen to drive creative solutions with customers using the breadth of the Illumina portfolio.  Dr. Lawley holds a master's in (Evolutionary Biology, San Diego State University) and a PhD in Marine Biology and Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (University of California, San Diego) where she used genetic methods as tools to study marine fish populations among the Channel Islands off Southern California.   She is now driving efforts to improve Illumina’s ability to offer sample to answer solutions in Applied Genomics as a Senior Manager in Market Development.  Her mission is to lower the barrier of entry to groups implementing scalable sequencing and genotyping tools into next generation breeding, conservation and food safety opportunities. 

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Join Illumina for a lively discussion around how our customers are using molecular methods including genotyping and next generation sequencing (NGS) as tools to address challenges in important areas of fisheries, aquaculture and water sampling. These include fisheries applications of species ID, characterizing species stock structure, mixed stock analysis, estimating abundance, genetic consequences of stock enhancement and ecosystem monitoring through metagenome analyses.  In aquaculture, we can share methods for genome based breeding, genomic selection (broodstock selection on multiple traits), pathogen detection, and haplotype characterization.  Freshwater sampling and oceanography applications primarily revolve around diversity analysis and environmental DNA applications through micro and metagenome methodologies.


Applications for genetic tools in Aquagenomics:  Fisheries, Aquaculture and Water sampling