John K Colbourne the University of Birmingham
Professor John Kenneth Colbourne PhD
School of Biosciences
Professor, Chair of Environmental Genomics
John Colbourne’s investigations encompass the fields of evolutionary ecology, high-throughput biology, environmental and functional genomics. From this blend of disciplines emerges a research program that centers on connecting gene expression and genome structure with individual fitness and population-level responses to environmental challenges.
Section-Editor for the journal BMC Genomics
Founding Editor for the journal Ecological and Environmental Genomics (due in 2013)
Associate Editor (Comparative Genomics) for the Journal of Experimental Zoology, Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology
Coordinator for BioMed Central publication series: “The Genome Biology of the Model Crustacean Daphnia”
Founding and lead member of the Daphnia Genomics Consortium (DGC)
Founding and lead member of the Shanghai Consortium for Environmental Genomics and Toxicology
Founding member of the Fundulus Genome Consortium
Founding member of the Nasonia Genome Working Group
Founding member of the Black Fly Genome Sequencing Initiative
Co-Director of the Mount Desert Island Biological Lab (MDIBL) Summer Course in Environmental Genomics
BSc. University of Toronto
PhD. University of Guelph
John Kenneth Colbourne joined the faculty of the University of Birmingham in 2012 and holds its inaugural Chair of Environmental Genomics. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, a founding member of the Daphnia Genomics Consortium (DGC) and of the Shanghai Consortium for Environmental Genomics and Toxicology, Section-Editor for BMC Genomics, and founding Editor of the journal Ecological and Environmental Genomics (due in 2013).
Professor Colbourne obtained his PhD in evolutionary biology from the University of Guelph in 1999. He was subsequently awarded a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship to begin genomics research at the University of Oregon, then at the University of Indiana where he served as Genomics Director of the Centre for Genomics and Bioinformatics from 2005 until 2012. During this time, he helped pioneer the application of genomics for the study of evolutionary ecology and toxicology, primarily using the freshwater crustacean Daphnia as model system to study how genes and the environment interact. This work, in conjunction with the global efforts of the DGC, resulted in Daphnia’s designation as a model species for biomedical research by the US National Institutes of Health.
Professor Colbourne regularly works with industry and advises government agencies and professional societies, aiming to transform practices at monitoring and protecting the environment, by utilizing high-throughput molecular biology methods applied to model systems. In 2012-13, he co-chairs the Gordon Research Conference on Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics – celebrating 10 years of community building – and was granted the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award for his contributions to the field.