12th November 2018 – Landon Getz, Dalhousie University

Landon GetzI am a Ph.D. Candidate at Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS, Canada), and am studying Vibrio spp. environmental survival and host-pathogen interactions. Specifically, much of my work has focused on Vibrio parahaemolyticus and its interaction with human cells and the environment via a protein secretion system called the Type III Secretion System (T3SS). This bacterial protein secretion apparatus is particularly interesting because it acts as a tiny needle, injecting proteins directly into host cells. This allows many bacterial pathogens to subvert and take over the host’s cellular environment to their own benefit. This work has been supported by my supervisor Dr. Nikhil Thomas (@nikthomas5 on twitter).

I also explore the world of gene-editing technologies and the ethics surrounding them. Importantly, I believe we must recognize both the benefits and the harms that can arise from these new technologies and ensure they are used safely and effectively. Further, I work as a lecturer for Dalhousie’s Chemistry department, am the external coordinator for the Dalhousie Urban Garden Society, am a mentor for Dalhousie’s international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team, actively advocate for LGBTQ+ rights (I identify as a gay man), and am an occasional bread baker. My personal website is over at http://www.landongetz.com, and I usually tweet over at @landongetz.

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