SIP Series - Dr Alen Faiz
Topic: The influence of the external environment on airway epithelial transcript-omics: from Big data to the lab
About the speaker
Dr Alen Faiz
Dr Alen Faiz is a researcher, lecturer and group leader of the Respiratory Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology (RBMB) within the School of Life Sciences at UTS. Dr Faiz is a molecular biologist and geneticist and was first introduced to bioinformatics during his undergraduate studies at Sydney University. He gained experience in the respiratory field during his PhD at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research Sydney University (2009-2014) under the primary supervision of Professor Janette Burgess. Dr Faiz began his postdoctoral career in the Netherlands University Medical Center of Groningen after obtaining a Marie Curie Post-doctoral Research Fellowships (RESPIRE 2) where his research interests lie in understanding the biology of respiratory systems at the genetic and epigenetic level, as well as under conditions of exposure to cigarette smoke and current therapies such as corticosteroids. He then obtained a the Dutch Longfonds Early Career fellowship, one of two given nationwide, where he developed CRISPR Cas9 tools for respiratory cell lines. In his career thus far, Dr Faiz continues to refine his multidisciplinary skills in high-level integrative bioinformatics and advanced cell culture techniques, which allowing him and his team to move beyond simple associations to identify causal pathways and mechanisms. Among his greatest achievements he received the “American Thoracic Society Rising Star Award” at the American Thoracic Society Conference at San Diego California USA and was a CI on a recently awarded NHMRC grant.