Project Description

Dr David Wood


Australian Centre for Ecogenomics
The University of Queensland

Tools and methods for microbial ecological genomics


Friday 8 July 2016

The advent of culture-independent techniques for studying microbial ecology (microbial ecological genomics) has had tremendous industrial, medical and environmental impact, and greatly expanded our knowledge of the tree of life. Advances in sequencing and bioinformatics continue to underpin this field. Principle experimental goals in microbial ecology include determining community membership and composition, changes in composition, functional analysis and genome discovery. In this talk I will discuss current methods and associated statistical techniques for both gene- and genome-centric approaches to address these goals.
David completed his science undergraduate studies at the Australian National University in 2003. He then worked as a bioinformatician at the Australian Genome Research Facility and then at Queensland Facility for Advanced Bioinformatics in Brisbane. In 2010 he undertook a PhD in mammalian transcriptomics and RNA-seq analysis at the Queensland Centre for Medical Genomics under the supervision of Professor Sean Grimmond and Dr Nicole Cloonan. David is now a postdoctoral researcher supervised by Professor Phil Hugenholtz at the Australian Centre for Ecogenomics studying host-associated microbial ecology focused on clinical projects. Always intrigued by the natural world he feels privileged to have fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming an ‘ologist’. With broad training across multiple disciplines he is engaged by genomics of all sorts, by the computational analysis of rich data sets produced by high-throughput sequencing technologies, and has a habit of finding almost anything fascinating.