Currently based in Melbourne (Australia), I am a researcher in microbial (meta)genomics, ecology, evolution and systems biology, and a group leader within the Cambridge-Baker Systems Genomics Initiative (CBSGI), a joint research program led by Professor Michael Inouye between the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute (Melbourne, Australia) and the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge (UK).
My current role is to lead and support projects related to the human gut microbiome characterization, and association with human genetic and environmental factors, using large human population cohort multi-omics datasets. I am also involved in international consortia focusing on microbiome-related disease association and prediction, as well as mentoring students and junior researchers within our CBSGI lab.
I am also a visiting scholar at the Department of Infectious Diseases (Monash University Central Clinical School, Melbourne, Australia), collaborating with members of Professor Kathryn Holt‘s Australian laboratory since 2018, as well as the Baker-Department of Cardiometabolic Diseases at the University of Melbourne, and the Department of Medical Sciences, Molecular Epidemiology at Uppsala University (Sweden).
My relevant past experiences (at the University of Bath, and the Swansea University Medical School) included projects on clinical, environmental and veterinary bacterial pathogens (Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus, Campylobacter, Bacillus, etc.), in collaboration with academic, clinical but also veterinarian and food-producing industrial partners and stakeholders.
You can follow me on Twitter at @phylogeo. As an aside to science, I’ve been maintaining and curating a daily art post since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, under the hashtag #QuarantineArtOfTheDay. Make sure to check it out!