*Seminar Series: IMB Seminar Series
*Location: QBP Auditorium, Bld 80
*Date: 09/06/2017
*Time: 12:30

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*Title of talk: Genomic insights into evolution and dissemination of antimicrobial resistance
*Speaker's name: Associate Professor Kathryn Holt
*Speaker's organisation: University of Melbourne
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Talk Abstract: High throughput DNA sequencing has revolutionised our ability to investigate and understand bacterial pathogen populations. I have been involved in establishing and applying population genomic frameworks and associated tools to the study of several important pathogens, including typhoid, dysentery and the emerging hospital superbugs Klebsiella pneumoniae and Acinetobacter baumannii. The insights and implications offered by population genomics vary substantially between organisms, but understanding the evolution and spread of antimicrobial resistance is a common and important goal. Here I will highlight some recent insights into the evolution and spread of two highly drug-resistant bacterial pathogens that have very different population structures - Salmonella Typhi (typhoid) and Klebsiella pneumoniae.
Speaker's bio: Kat is a NHMRC Career Development Fellow in the University of Melbourne's Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Bio21 Institute. She has a BA/BSc in Biochemistry, Applied Statistics and Philosophy; a Master of Epidemiology; and a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Cambridge and Sanger Institute. Kat's research focus is microbial genomics, focusing on sequencing based approaches to understanding bacterial pathogens and infectious disease.

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*Host name: Professsor Peter Visscher
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*Host email: imbevents@uq.edu.au