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Simon Kelly

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Profile photoSimon Kelly
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Institut for Molekylærbiologi og Genetik - Plante Molekylærbiologi
Postaddresse:
Gustav Wieds Vej 10
8000
Aarhus C
Danmark
E-mail: kelly@mbg.au.dk

Employment

2018 - presentAssistant Professor, Dept of Molecular Biology & Genetics, Aarhus University
2013 - 2018 Postdoc, Dept of Molecular Biology & Genetics, Aarhus University

Education & Training

2007 - 2012PhD in Microbiology, University of Otago, New Zealand
2005 - 2007 MSc in Microbiology, University of Otago, New Zealand
2002 - 2005 BSc in Microbiology, University of Otago, New Zealand

Scientific summary

Areas of research: 

Microbiome: Characterisation of the microbiomes of model legumes and cereals to determine the impact of host genetics on root microbiota associations. A particular focus of this research is on the rhizobia component of the microbiome that interacts with legumes and cereals.


Bacterial endophytes: Determining the genetic components of bacterial endophytes that allow them to successfully colonise the plant root endosphere. Complex bacterial synthetic communities and large-scale mutagenesis approaches are employed to achieve this.


Rhizobia-legume communication: Rhizobial Nod factor and exopolysaccharide represent two important signalling molecules involved in the establishment of nitrogen-fixing symbiosis. I aim to understand the molecular mechanisms behind their regulation/biosynthesis and the signalling cascades initiated following their perception by legume receptors.


Bibliographical summary: 20 peer reviewed publications (682 total citations and h-index of 13. Google Scholar, April 2020)

Teaching & Supervision

Supervision
CurrentCo-supervision of Benjamin Perry, PhD student, University of Otago
CurrentCo-supervision of Shaun Ferguson, Postdoc, Aarhus University
2018Co-supervision of Pilar Navarro Gómez, visiting PhD student, Aarhus University
2017 - 2018Co-supervision of Pernille Pilgaard, MSc student, Aarhus University
2017 - 2018Co-supervision of Kasper Sjödin, MSc student, Aarhus University
2017 - 2018Co-supervision of Thomas Grønbæk, BSc student, Aarhus University
2015 - 2018Co-supervision of Huijun Liu, PhD student, Aarhus University
2013 - 2014Co-supervision of Nadieh de Jonge, MSc student, Aarhus University
2012 - 2013Co-supervision of Todd Wightman, MSc student, University of Otago

Teaching
2014 - present: Teaching assistant in the Experimental Host-Microbe Interactions course taken by MSc students at Aarhus University. Duties included presenting and assisting students in teaching exercises, introducing students to the experimental component of the course, acting as an advisor for their experimental designs, overseeing their progress in the laboratory and guiding their preparation of written reports for assessment.

2006 - 2012: Senior demonstrator in the Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Otago undergraduate laboratories. Roles included introducing lab exercises, supervision during lab exercises, marking of final reports.