It seems everywhere you turn today, you can’t help hearing about the 'microbiome'. Most people know this has something to do with bugs (microbes) that live inside us and play an important role in our health. Why all the interest now and does diet affect our microbiome?

Associate Professor Mark Turner will offer a brief overview of the gut microbiome and how the food we eat shapes it, which ultimately affects our health.

Professor Phil Hugenholtz will join us to give a brief history of the microbiome and why it’s taken up a prominent role in our social consciousness.

Professor Mark Morrison will speak to the breadth of medical research projects he supports with his work and the remarkable impact they have had with improving health outcomes through treating / improving patient microbiome.

Associate Professor Mark Turner
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Faculty of Science

Mark is a tenured Associate Professor in Food Microbiology in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at UQ. His research focus is in lactic acid bacteria genetics, stress signalling, cheese cultures, antifungal and antipathogen (Salmonella and Listeria) biocontrol applications.

He is the Discipline Head of Food Science and Technology at UQ and teaches food microbiology, food safety and food biotechnology courses and coordinates the Master of Food Science and Technology coursework programs.

Professor Phil Hugenholtz
ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

Phil completed his PhD at The University of Queensland in 1994 and then 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, 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.

Professor Mark Morrison
Affiliated Professor, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, Chair & Group Leader Metagenomics, The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute. 

In 2013 Mark was appointed Chair in Microbial Biology and Metagenomics at the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute, which is based at the Translational Research Institute.  Here, he and his team are using DNA sequencing technologies, as well as other microbiological and genetic methods to produce new insights into the microbial world.

About Global Leadership Series

The Global Leadership Series is a lively program of events for alumni and community. Join us for lectures and discussions with the best of the best UQ-related speakers on matters that impact your community and shape your ideas of the world.

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Venue

Customs House, 399 Queen St, Brisbane