B.S.: Macquarie University
M.S.: Victoria University
PhD.: University of Adelaide
Professor Sistrom works broadly across a number of bacterial and viral systems to explore evolutionary hypotheses using high throughput sequencing and bioinformatics methods. In particular, he is interested in:
- How microbial populations change over space and time.
- What selective pressures lead to emergent disease.
- How the evolutionary properties of microbes can be exploited to manage or eliminate disease.
He is interested in collaborative projects that look at pertinent evolutionary questions in a range of biological systems using big data approaches.
Primary Research Interest:
Immunity & Infectious Diseases
School of Natural Sciences
Bylaw 55 Unit:
Life and Environmental Sciences
2017 Hellman Fellowship
2017 Mexus Award
2016 JGI CSP Grant
2016 UC Merced Faculty Research Award
2016 JGI Director’s Grant
Society for the Study of Evolution
Society of Systematic Biologists
Genetics, Evolutionary Medicine
Graduate Student Research:
Microbial symbioses and venom production
Antibiotic resistance evolution and transfer
Current Graduate Students:
Past Research Topics:
Comparative genomics of trypanosomes
Area Of Expertise:
High throughput sequencing
Field of Study:
Bioinformatics and Genomics
Year Joined UC Merced:
Post Doc School:
Current Funding Needs:
Funding to support research staff and generate sequence data for antimicrobial resistance studies.
Current Research Focus:
Understanding the evolutionary processes which drive the emergence of antibiotic resistant pathogens and develop new strategies to combat them:
- Examining how microbes evolve over time and space using a broad range of organismal systems, with a focus on microbiome studies, multi-drug resistant bacteria and RNA viruses. Utilizing high throughput genetic sequencing to provide genomic scale data, which is then analyzed to test developed hypotheses.