On March 1st, 2016, CRSB and Dr. Mitch O’Connell of Professor Jennifer Doudna’s lab – had the special opportunity to host Jesper Maag, 3rd year doctoral student, visiting us from Garvan Institute/Kinghorn Center in Australia, to present his work titled, “Novel aberrations in Barretts esophagus and esophageal adenocarcinoma.”

Jesper completed this M.S. in pharmaceutical sciences at Uppsala University in Sweden, during this time he had his first sojourn ‘downunder’ working for Dr. Scott Smid at the University of Adelaide studying the role of microglia and the endocannabiniod system in Alzheimer’s disease using a range of cell and molecular biology and biophysical techniques.

After falling in love with Australia, Jesper switched gears and spent a year interning with Marcel Dinger at Garvan Institute/Kinghorn center for clinical genomics. Marcel is a pioneer of using RNA sequencing sometimes coupled with RNA-capture approaches to uncover a plethora of novel ncRNAs and also understanding the dynamic of lncRNA expression during cancer and neurological diseases. Here, Jesper learnt bioinformatics and RNA sequencing and after deciding to stay with Marcel for a PhD, which he is in his 3rd year, he has now become quite the expert.

Jesper spoke eloquently about his recent work on using whole transcriptome sequencing coupled with machine learning and network analysis techniques to uncover novel aberrations in Barretts esophagus and esophageal adenocarcinoma.

Thank you Jesper for sharing this thoughtful research with our team.

Jesper Maag with group 312016Jesper