Jane M. Carlton, PhD
Director, Center for Genomics and Systems Biology
New York University
February 6, 2015
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Refreshments will be served
Jane M. Carlton is a Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology at New York University. She received her PhD in Genetics at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and has worked at several genomics institutions in the US, including NCBI at the National Institutes of Health and TIGR (The Institute for Genomic Research). Professor Carlton is passionate about genomics and the power this approach has to revolutionize the study of single-celled parasites of human health importance. Her research involves comparative genomics of species of the malaria parasite, as well as parasites prevalent in the US, such as the sexually transmitted pathogen Trichomonas vaginalis. She has a keen interest in global public health through her collaborations with scientists in India, first as the PI of a Fogarty Global Infectious Disease training and research grant, with exchange of trainees between New Delhi and New York, and now as Program Director of a seven-year “Center for the Study of Complex Malaria in India,” one of 10 International Centers of Excellence in Malaria Research funded by NIH.
In 2013 she was awarded an NYU Grand Challenge project “Mapping the New York City Metagenome,” which uses next generation sequencing to characterize, map and ultimately track microbes on paper currency, bicycles and sewage circulating in the city. She has published more than 100 articles and reviews, and her work has been profiled by CNN, BBC, The Economist, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. She received the American Society of Parasitologists’ Stoll-Stunkard Memorial Award in 2010, and was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012. Professor Carlton’s ultimate goal is to cultivate and expand the science and use of genomics to improve global health.