|Presentation: How the Struggle for Survival Reveals Molecular Mechanisms on the Health Effects of Pollution|
Presentation: How the Struggle for Survival Reveals Molecular Mechanisms on the Health Effects of Pollution
Speaker: John Colbourne, Professor, Chair of Environmental Genomics, University of Birmingham, UK
Date: 10am, August 20, 2019.
Place: Room 4054国民彩票app平台，College of Plant Protection, China Agricultural University
Host: Xin Zhou, Department of Entomology, China Agricultural University. (Tel): 6273-3865
John Colbourne joined the faculty of the University of Birmingham in 2012 and holds its inaugural Chair of Environmental Genomics. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, a founding member of the Daphnia Genomics Consortium (DGC) and of the Shanghai Consortium for Environmental Genomics and Toxicology, Section-Editor for BMC Genomics, and founding Editor of the journal Ecological and Environmental Genomics (due in 2013).
Professor Colbourne obtained his PhD in evolutionary biology from the University of Guelph in 1999. He was subsequently awarded a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship to begin genomics research at the University of Oregon, then at the University of Indiana where he served as Genomics Director of the Centre for Genomics and Bioinformatics from 2005 until 2012. During this time, he helped pioneer the application of genomics for the study of evolutionary ecology and toxicology, primarily using the freshwater crustacean Daphnia as model system to study how genes and the environment interact. This work, in conjunction with the global efforts of the DGC, resulted in Daphnia’s designation as a model species for biomedical research by the US National Institutes of Health.
Professor Colbourne regularly works with industry and advises government agencies and professional societies, aiming to transform practices at monitoring and protecting the environment, by utilizing high-throughput molecular biology methods applied to model systems. In 2012-13, he co-chairs the Gordon Research Conference on Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics - celebrating 10 years of community building - and was granted the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award for his contributions to the field.
John Colbourne’s investigations encompass the fields of evolutionary ecology, high-throughput biology, environmental and functional genomics. From this blend of disciplines emerges a research program that centers on connecting gene expression and genome structure with individual fitness and population-level responses to environmental challenges.
His seminar will discuss the value of studying model species in the wild to improve understanding the environmental interactions with gene function that cause adverse health outcomes to humans.
Latta et al. 2012. The evolution of salinity tolerance in Daphnia: a functional genomics approach. Ecology Letters 15(8):794-802. (Rated “Recommended” by Faculty of 1000; http://f1000.com/716347800)
Colbourne et al. 2011. The ecoresponsive genome of Daphnia pulex. Science 331: 555-561. (Rated “Must Read” by Faculty of 1000; http://f1000.com/8383958)