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BISMiS Live is our monthly seminar series, held online and scheduled for the third Saturday of each month, starting March 2021. The aim of the series is to reach out to microbiology students and early career scientists with an interest in microbial ecology and systematics. These interactive sessions with expert scientists from across the globe will foster interest in microbial systematics and the diversity and ecology of microbes in our world.

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Second Session- April 17, 2021
Prof. Iain Sutcliffe
  • Speaker: Prof. Iain Sutcliffe
  • Title of the Talk: Microbial taxonomy: where are we now and where are we going?
  • Biosketch: Iain took his degree and PhD at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, the latter supervised by Norman Shaw, a pioneer in using bacterial lipids for chemotaxonomy. Subsequent post-doctoral research in Newcastle included a Wellcome Trust Fellowship in Taxonomy, studying actinomycete lipoglycans as chemotaxonomic markers. Since 2003 he has been based Northumbria University, UK, where his research investigates the biology of membrane-anchored macromolecules within the cell envelopes of bacteria. From 2009-2019 he was Editor-in-Chief of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, during which time the journal developed as a major forum for papers in microbial systematics, including significant numbers of prokaryotic species descriptions and special issues drawn from the 1st and 3rd meetings of BISMiS (Beijing and Pune). Since 2017 he has been Chair of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes (ICSP).
  • Recorded Session: Watch Here
  • Inaugural Session- March 20, 2021
    Prof. Phil Hugenholtz
  • Speaker: Prof. Phil Hugenholtz
  • Title of the Talk: The Genome Taxonomy Database (GTDB) – Lessons Learned
  • Biosketch: From a PhD in 1994 at the University of Queensland, Phil Hugenholtz developed a career in microbiology and genomics in the USA and in Australia. His last position in the USA was as Staff Scientist (2004-2010) at the DOE Joint Genome Institute. In late 2010 he returned home to establish the Australian Centre for Ecogenomics (ACE) at the University of Queensland, now comprising over 50 research and support staff. The Centre conducts culture-independent sequence-based research across a wide range of environmental, engineered and clinical ecosystems underpinned by a genome-based evolutionary framework.
  • Recorded Session: Watch Here
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