Hernan Lorenzi is an Assistant Professor in the Informatics Department at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI). He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2001, and afterwards, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Roger Reeves at Johns Hopkins University. There, he studied the molecular causes of memory impairment in a mouse model for Down Syndrome, before joining JCVI (formerly The Institute for Genomic Research) in 2005. Dr. Lorenzi research focuses on the structural and functional annotation of eukaryotic and viral genomes, metagenomic sequence analysis, comparative genomics and characterization of transposable elements and their role in genome evolution. Dr. Lorenzi has led the annotation and analysis of several NIAID-funded Microbial Sequencing Center projects including Cryptosporidium muris, Toxoplasma gondii, Plasmodium vivax, Entamoeba histolytica, Entamoeba dispar and Entamoeba invadens. He is currently the Project Leader of two NIAID-funded Genome Sequencing Center projects: a project to sequence and analyze the genomes of 63 Toxoplasma gondii strains plus two related organisms, Hammondia hammondi and Gregarina niphandrodes, and a second project to sequence 400 strains of Human Respiratory Syncytial Virus, Human Metapneumovirus, and Human Parainfluenza Virus 1 and 3. In 2011 he has also been awarded with a grant from NASA to investigate how long-term space travel affects the microbiome of astronauts.
Biography Updated on 14 August 2011