The collaborative molecular biology laboratory in Hagerman uses a variety of state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, including next generation sequencing, genomics, metabolomics, parentage analysis and marker-assisted selection, in its basic and applied research activities in fish nutrition, fish physiology, genetics and breeding, molecular ecology and population studies. Researchers in Hagerman address a diversity of research questions ranging from the effects of diet on gut microbiota profiles and global gene expression, to comparing RAD-sequences from warm and cold water adapted rainbow trout, to parentage-based tagging of
Columbia Basin Chinook salmon and steelhead. Researchers also collaborate with scientists at other universities and agencies, analyzing samples and sending
samples for analysis.
While rainbow trout are the primary species used in research, researchers also undertake studies on white sturgeon, cutthroat trout, zebrafish and tilapia. Visiting students and scholars receive training which enables them to use these innovative techniques in their own studies upon their return.