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Dr Laura Susan Weyrich

Telephone +61 8 8313 5565
Position ARC Postdoctoral Research Associate
Fax +61 8 8313 4364
Building Darling Building
Floor/Room 2 05c
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit Genetics & Evolution

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Biography/ Background


2003-2007      South Dakota State University, USA           B. S. Applied and Industrial Microbiology, Minors in Chemistry and Philosophy

2004               University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA            National Student Exchange - Microbiology Dept

2005               Manchester Metropolitan University, UK      Exchange Student - Immunology/Microbiology Dept

2007-2012      The Pennsylvania State University, USA      Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology, Graduate Minor in Science, Technology and Society

Professional Positions

2005              South Dakota State University West Nile Research Team        Dr. M. B. Hildreth

2006              Manchester Metropolitan University Research Volunteer          Dr. Anna Doran

2006-2007      South Dakota State University Research Assistant                 Dr. Volker Brözel

2007-2008      The Pennsylvania State University Teaching Assistant            Dr. Sillman/Dr. Keating

2007-2012      The Pennsylvania State University Research Assistant            Dr. Eric Harvill

2012-Current   Australian Center for Ancient DNA Postdoctoral Researcher    Dr. Alan Cooper


Research Interests

I'm interested in the evolution of microorganisms that live on and within the human body (microbiome).  Using ancient DNA, we can investigate how cultural changes, dietary shifts, and disease shaped the human microbiome.  We are also able to understand bacterial evolution in real time, monitoring how pathogens evolved through the course of human history.  Further, we can investigate how the evolution of these microorganisms effects today's diseases and how they may have changed human evolution.

Entry last updated: Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015

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