Plenary Speakers 2016 | Symposia Presenters | 2
Confirmed speakers include the following presenters
A/Professor Martyn Kirk - The Australian and global burden of foodborne disease
ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment
My research interests focus on the epidemiology of diseases that may be transmitted by contaminated food or water. I am also interested in diseases that are environmentally mediated. In previous research, I have estimated the burden of foodborne illness in Australia and examined risk factors for a range of enteric infections, such as salmonellosis, campylobacteriosis, listeriosis and Shiga Toxin producing E. coli.
Major Research Areas: Legionnaires' disease, cholera, trematode infections, salmonellosis, shigellosis, Campylobacter infections
Dr Kathryn Holt - Genomic analysis of antimicrobial resistance in Klebsiella pneumoniae
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Melbourne
Research Area: Pathogen genomics and bioinformatics
Keywords: Genomic epidemiology, Metagenomics
We use whole genome sequencing to study populations of bacteria that contribute to disease in Australia and developing countries. This includes in-depth studies of microevolution in specific pathogen populations (e.g. Salmonella Typhi - typhoid; Shigella sonnei - dysentery; Klebsiella pneumoniae - pneumonia, UTI and other infections), using next-generation sequencing technologies to sequence and compare the genomes of hundreds of closely related isolates of the same pathogen.
A/Professor Ruitling Lan - Bordetella pertussis epidemics
School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, University of New South Wales
Dr Lan's significant work on the origins of Shigella within E. coli resolved the long standing misnomer of Shigella as a separate genus with 4 species. The work was published in the prestigious journal, Proceedings of National Academy of Science, USA, and attracted commentaries in Science and Current Biology.
Major Research Areas: Proteomics of epidemic B. pertussis, Development of an Internationally Standardised Typing Scheme for B. pertussis, Genome Variation of Molecular Typing of S. typhimurium Epidemic Phage type DT108/DT170