Dr Ozan Gundogdu
BSc MSc PhD
Principal Scientific Officer
Ozan joined the LSHTM in 2004 and is a dual qualified bioinformatician and microbiologist. Before joining the School he completed a BSc Honours in Molecular Biology followed by an MSc Computer Science (Commendation), both at the University of Hertfordshire. His undergraduate also contained an industrial placement year which was completed at RAFT - Institute of Plastic Surgery, where he was research assistant in the Molecular Biology group. Ozan completed his PhD in 2011 studying the microbial pathogenesis of Campylobacter jejuni.
Ozan has successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (Full Certificate) at the LSHTM and has become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He has a wide range of teaching activities which include:-
- Lecturing on the "Molecular Biology" (3333) and "Molecular Biology Research Progress & Applications" (3160) modules as part of the Molecular Biology of Infectious Diseases (MBID) and Medical Microbiology (MM) MSc courses
- Laboratory and faculty demonstrations as part of the above courses
- Tutoring and co-supervision of PhD / MSc students with projects involving a laboratory or bioinformatics theme
- PhD / MSc exam marking and invigilation
- Advisory panel for PhD students
- Teaching internal and external researchers about a number of faculty equipment and also data analysis techniques
- Setting up modules as part of a distance learning course
- Member of Senate Council
Along with teaching, Ozan is the Head of Sequencing at the LSHTM which includes an Illumina MiSeq and an ABI3730 sequencer.
Current research interests relating to the study of bacterial pathogenesis include:-
- Mechanisms of Campylobacter jejuni response to environmental and host stress
- Prevalence and characterising C. jejuni Type Six Secretion Systems (T6SS)
- Survival and persistence mechanisms of C. jejuni in relation to host cells
- Microbiota studies focusing on C. jejuni and AMR
- Bacterial omics linked to the above themes e.g. genomics, transcriptomics and metagenomics
In addition to the above, Ozan has linked to a number of other internal and external projects which include a next-generation sequencing/bioinformatics theme. He is actively involved in enhancing the school's sequencing / bioinformatics software tools. Ozan is responsible for running and maintaining the Genome Resource Facility within the Pathogen Molecular Biology department and has created and runs the Genome Resource Facility (GRF) website.
Ozan is a full member of the Society for General Microbiology (SGM) and an Associate Faculty Member of Faculty of 1000 (post-publication peer review).