Project Description

Dr Kate Ormerod


Australian Centre for Ecogenomics
The University of Queensland

Genomes from metagenomes: recovery and analysis of population genomes 


Friday 8 July 2016

The host microbiome has been firmly established as critical to host physiology. However, many members of this community have yet to be cultured and characterized. As such, it remains difficult to ascribe their contributions to gut and systemic function, and thereby, host health and well-being. In this talk I will be discussing the use of population genomes recovered via metagenomic sequencing to fill in these knowledge gaps using as illustration an example of an abundant but uncultured family present within the mouse gut microbiota.
Kate Ormerod is a postdoctoral researcher at the Australian Centre for Ecogenomics (ACE), University of Queensland. She completed her PhD in 2015 at the University of Queensland working on microevolution of the opportunistic fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans. She is now investigating uncultured members of the gut microbiota using metagenomic sequencing.