22 May 2019

Translational Research Symposium Speaker Spotlight: Associate Professor Kathryn Holt

PLEAA/Prof Kathryn Holt
UPDATE: A/Prof Kat Holt will no longer be speaking at the symposium.  Dr Kelly Wyres will be speaking instead.

Monash University's 5th annual Translational Research Symposium is being hosted by its three metropolitan clinical schools on 21 June 2019. The symposium will host a diverse group of medical researchers presenting their work into translational research. RSVP here.

Associate Professor Kathryn Holt is a group leader in the Department of Infectious Diseases at Central Clinical School and Alfred Health.
Prof Kat Holt is a HHMI-Gates International Scholar and Viertel Foundation Senior Medical Research Fellow and leads a research group in the Department of Infectious Diseases. Her research focus is microbial genomics, developing and applying sequencing-based approaches to understanding bacterial pathogens, the microbiome and infectious disease. Kat and her research group at Monash collaborate with a wide range clinical and public health labs both locally and internationally, tackling a range of problems in the infectious disease space including healthcare-associated infections, the evolution and spread of antimicrobial resistance, and global health pathogens such as typhoid, dysentery and tuberculosis.

Associate Professor Holt's presentation abstract can be found below:
Microbial genomics in infectious disease and public health

Microbial genomics - sequencing the genomes of microbes such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites - has revolutionised the study of infectious disease agents, yielding important new insights into the evolution and transmission of pathogens and the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance. These insights are already informing public health management and infection control, re-defining infectious disease definitions and diagnostic targets. Implementation of pathogen sequencing into public health reference lab activities, including surveillance and outbreak investigations, is already well advanced and continues to grow in scope and importance. The next frontier is the integration of genomics technologies directly into clinical settings, routine infection control in hospitals, and clinical diagnostics in a range of settings.
We look forward to welcoming A/Prof Holt for the Symposium!

More information:
Translational Research Symposium
  • Date: Friday 21 June 2019
  • Time: 8:30 for 9:00am start - 5:30pm close
  • RSVP here
Find out more about the symposium and our speaker program.

If you are a graduate student or early career researcher, you may be interested in the Young Investigator poster competition. See here for more details and to RSVP.

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