Prof. Gene Tyson elected to the American Academy of Microbiology

Prof. Gene Tyson

Prof. Gene TysonProfessor Gene Tyson, director of the QUT Centre for Microbiome Research, has been elected to the American Academy of Microbiology. This honorific group within the American Society for Microbiology recognises excellence, originality, service and leadership in the field of microbial sciences.

As an internationally recognised microbial ecologist, Professor Tyson’s work has played an important role in changing our understanding of environmental and clinical microbial communities through the use of culture-independent molecular techniques.

He was the lead author on the first analysis of a microbial community using shotgun metagenomics, as described in Nature in 2004. This landmark study was the first to demonstrate that microbial genomes could be assembled directly from environmental samples, revealing the metabolic potential and population diversity of microbial communities without the need for cultivation.

Since then, Professor Tyson’s pioneering research has driven the discovery of novel microbial lineages and metabolic processes, and development of widely-used bioinformatic tools for the analysis of genomic data from microbial communities.

His work has led to more than 140 peer-reviewed scientific papers in top-tier journals, including eight papers in Nature and five papers in Science. These papers have been cited more than 29,500 times, making him a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher (top 1 percent of cited researchers globally) for the past four years (2019–2022).

In 2020, Professor Tyson established the Centre for Microbiome Research.

We congratulate Gene on this outstanding recognition of his achievements and contributions to the field of microbial science.

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