Prof. Jodi Lindsay
11 May 2017
IFR Lecture Theatre
Speaker: Professor Jodi Lindsay, St George’s University of London
Hosted by: Melinda Meyer
Professor Lindsay joined St George’s in November 1998 as a tenure-track lecturer, and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2005, reader in 2009, and professor in 2012.
She graduated with a BSc degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry from the University of Western Australia, followed by an Honours year in Microbiology (1st class). She was awarded her PhD from the same university in 1995 for investigating iron uptake mechanisms in staphylococci. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Skirball Institute for Biomolecular Medicine at the New York University Medical Center in the laboratory of Dr Richard Novick. Here she discovered the Staphylococcus aureus pathogenicity islands (SaPIs), which are mobile genetic elements encoding virulence factors such as toxic shock syndrome toxin.
In 1996 Professor Lindsay moved to the University of Sheffield and Professor Simon Foster’s group as a postdoctoral research fellow. Here she worked on environmental triggers that control the regulation of expression of virulence genes in Staphylococcus aureus, as well as studying metal uptake mechanisms.
Professor Lindsay edited the first book on Staphylococcal Genetics in 2008. She was elected co-chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Staphylococcal Diseases in 2011. She is an editor of the journals Microbiology and BMC Infectious Diseases. She is also a member of the European Food Standards Safety committee on MRSA in Food, the PHE Staphylococcal advisory committee, the Steering Committee for UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations, and the BBSRC Basic Bioscience Underpinning Health Strategy Advisory Panel. She is Secretary of the ESCMID Study Group for Staphylococci (ESGS).