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Bacterial pathogens, disease control in Microbiology Distinguished Lecture April 1

03/30/2011

Fiona Brinkman
Fiona Brinkman, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, will present "Evolution of Bacterial Pathogens and Implications for Infectious Disease Control" at 12:45 p.m. Friday, April 1, in 116 Pearson Hall. Her talk is the Distinguished Lecture in Microbiology.

Brinkman is research director of bioinformatics for the Genome Canada Pathogenomics Project. She is also coordinator of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa Community Annotation Project and Pseudomonas Genome Database, co-lead of the Bioinformatics for Combating Infectious Diseases project and adjunct member of the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control.

Her laboratory uses genomics and bioinformatics computer-based analysis combined with laboratory experimentation to gain a better understanding of how some bacteria cause disease and how they evolve from harmless microbes to harmful ones. This knowledge may allow the use of computers to predict which components of disease-causing bacteria most likely play roles in infection.

Brinkman has received many awards for her work including the Women's Executive Network "Canada's Most Powerful Women Top 100" Award (2009); the Canadian Society of Microbiologist's Fisher Scientific Award (2007); and Canada's Top 40 Under 40 (2003) and was named a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator (2005-2010).

Her talk is free and open to the public.

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