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Dr Julian Parkhill

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Head of Pathogen Genomics

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Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK

Julian and his team use high-throughput genomics and phenotyping to study the genome variation and biological diversity of bacterial pathogens, how this affects virulence and transmission, and what it tells us about the evolution of pathogenicity and host interactions. With more than 100 ongoing projects, Julian's team collaborates widely with the scientific community to get a deep biological understanding of the data. Julian is currently leading the development of a Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance on the Genome Campus in Hinxton, UK. The Centre will work towards using genomics for global surveillance of a wide range of human and animal pathogens.  In addition, he is working with local collaborators to enable the introduction of genome sequencing to clinical microbiology.