Distinguished Professor Michael Gillings – Integrons and antibiotic resistance: New ways of seeing mobile elements

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Tuesday, 13 October 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Webinar via Microsoft Teams Live Event
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Contact for inquiries: 
Rata Joseph, +61 (2) 9385 0900 or recpt@kirby.unsw.edu.au
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Kirby Institute Seminar Series presents

Distinguished Professor Michael Gillings  

Distinguished Professor Michael Gillings
Professor of Molecular Evolution, ARC COE in Synthetic Biology, Department of Biological Science, Macquarie University

Michael Gillings has a long-standing interest in the generation and maintenance of genetic diversity. This allows an eclectic research program across the tree of life, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, plants and diverse animals: insects, molluscs, echinoderms, sharks, bony fish, and mammals. He teaches an introductory biology unit that often has more than 1,000 students.



Integrons are genetic elements in bacteria. They sample and express foreign genes during environmental perturbations. This generates genetically diverse bacterial populations upon which selection can act. Consequently, they were exquisitely preadapted to generate antibiotic resistance. Their subsequent association with mobile genetic elements has made them extraordinarily abundant and widely dispersed.