Simultaneous transcriptional profiling of bacteria and their host cells
Garry Myers, PhD
ithree Institute, University of Technology Sydney
When: 11am, Friday the 19th of December
Where: Board Room, VLSCI 187 Grattan Street, Carlton
Garry Myers will be presenting the final LSCC NGS informatics meeting of 2014.
Note the unusual time of 11am!
Chlamydiae are obligate intracellular bacterial pathogens that cause a range of mammalian diseases, including the most common human sexually transmitted infections and trachoma (infectious blindness). Human disease arises by adverse host inflammatory reactions that induce tissue damage & scarring. Despite the global morbidity caused by chlamydial infections, relatively little is known about disease mechanisms. Chlamydia are genetically intractable as replication outside of the host cell is not yet possible and there are no practical tools for routine genetic manipulation, making genome-scale approaches critical to the understanding of this major human and veterinary pathogen.
Garry Myers was awarded his PhD on chlamydial molecular biology in 1999 from the University of Sydney (Faculty of Medicine). He did postdoctoral training at The Institute for Genome Research (TIGR) in Rockville, Maryland, working on microbial genomics and pathogenesis, with numerous high-impact publications, including Science, Nature Biotechnology and Genome Research. In 2005 he was invited to join the TIGR Faculty. In 2007, along with twelve other TIGR Faculty, he was a co-founder of the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (Baltimore, Maryland). In June 2014, he relocated to the ithree Institute at the University of Technology, Sydney. His research interests are focused upon the application of genomic-scale tools to bacterial pathogens and the host response, with continuous NIH funding since 2003.