PhD, James Cook University, Australia
Department of Biology
Dr. Dinsdale’s lab at San Diego State University uses next-generation sequencing to tease apart ecological and evolutionary relationships within marine environments including on coral reefs and in kelp forest ecosystems. In addition, we have started to adopt this approach to studying the symbiotic microbes, or microbiome of Macrocystis pyrifera (kelp) and several shark species. This work requires a multi-disciplinary team of students and researchers from various backgrounds including Ecology, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, and Computer Science.
Dr. Dinsdale helped establish one of the first university-level classes to offer hands-on experience with next generation sequencing machine. Since 2010, students of BIOL562 Ecological Metagenomics at SDSU have sequenced the California sea lion genome at 12X coverage, and microbial communities from intertidal and California kelp forest ecosystems. Students apply bioinformatics and statistical techniques to analyze the resulting genomes and metagenomes.