Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences
University of Melbourne
Dr Young is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow, undertaking genomic research on parasitic helminths within the Pathogen Genomics and Genetics Program (PGGP) at the University of Melbourne. He uses a multidisciplinary approach to undertake genomic and molecular research to understand the biology of parasitic worms and the diseases that they cause. By studying these parasites, he aims to achieve a better understanding their epidemiology, ecology and evolution. Pathogen control is an important focus of his research. Since undertaking his post-doctoral training, Dr Young has built a strong record of collaborative research in genomics and transcriptomics to explore the biology of a wide range of socioeconomically important pathogens. Current projects led by Dr Young relate to sequencing the genomes of cancer-causing parasites. This research will lead to a better understanding of the molecular biology of these pathogens and disease processes, and will improve genome annotation and current gene sets using a range of complementary bioinformatic approaches.