Genetics Otago and the Epigenetics User Group were lucky to be able to host Professor Susan Clark on campus on the 4th and 5th of December. Professor Clark is the Head of the Genomics and Epigenetics Theme at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.
Susan has had a fascinating career which she discussed with a group of postgraduate students over drinks and nibbles in the Staff Club during her visit. Of particular note is her great contribution to the study of DNA methylation through her development and implementation of bisulphite sequencing. The students also had the opportunity to ask questions and gained valuable insight into their own research paths and were encouraged by Prof Clark to always “think outside the box”.
A special meeting of the EUG Hub was held on the 5th of December where Susan gave a talk on Best Practices for validating DNA methylation biomarkers from large scale studies. Leader of the EUG Aniruddha Chatterjee commented that “the topic was very relevant and the discussions very stimulating”.
This was a wonderful way to end the year for our EUG Hub who are hosting a Symposium and Workshop on the 12th and 13th March 2020 (for more information and to register please visit the Events page).
‘“I am really impressed to see the turnout and the enthusiasm and interest here in epigenetics. If I gave this talk in Sydney I am not sure that I would get a similar turnout. ” – Professor Susan Clark.
If you would like to learn more about Professor Clark and her research you can read her biography here.