Andrew S. Lang

Memorial University, Canada

Andrew Lang received his PhD in 2000 from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. His PhD research focused on identifying the genes responsible for producing the phage-like gene transfer agent (RcGTA) in the purple non-sulfur alphaproteobacterium Rhodobacter capsulatus. He did postdoctoral work studying marine RNA viruses, also at University of British Columbia, and avian influenza viruses at University of Alaska Fairbanks in Fairbanks, USA. He started his current position as an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, Canada in 2006. The Lang lab at Memorial has two main research areas. One is focused on studying RcGTA production in R. capsulatus and related GTAs in other bacteria. This work includes studies of gene expression and characterization of protein functions in R. capsulatus. It also involves isolation and characterization of novel GTA-producing bacterial strains. The other research area is focused on the dynamics of avian influenza viruses in wild birds. This work includes the identification and isolation of novel avian influenza viruses, determination and analyses of their complete genome sequences, and studies on their replication properties.

Biography Updated on 1 March 2012

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