Robert Kingsley was awarded a Ph.D. degree for research on iron uptake and metabolism in bacterial pathogens at the University of Leicester, Leicester, England in 1997. During a postdoctoral fellowship and subsequently as Assistant Professor (R) at Texas A& M University, USA, he became interested in the evolution of pathogenesis, using the genusSalmonella as a model pathogen. This work focused on host-pathogen interactions with specific interest in genetic factors associated with the expansion in host-range by clinically important serotypes of Salmonella enterica. On moving to the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute as a Senior Scientist, new sequencing technology platforms capable of massively parallel sequencing provided the opportunity to investigate population genetics at an unprecedented resolution and define micro-evolutionary features associated with the emergence of new pathogens. His current research group focuses on linking genotype with phenotype, bridging comparative genomics, and the molecular basis of host-pathogen interactions to understand the evolution and pathogenicity of bacterial pathogens.
Biography Updated on 27 June 2012