Presented by Dr Catherine Itman
Manager, Functional Genomics Facility
Monash Health Translation Precinct
Catherine has a long-held interest in life sciences, with a broad background spanning research, education and business operations. She completed her PhD in male reproductive biology at MIMR and went on to hold lectureship positions and lead a research group before taking up the position of Manager of the newly established MHTP Functional Genomics Facility in March of this year.
The Functional Genomics Facility is strategically co-located with other platform technologies at the MHTP, allowing investigators to accelerate research through the wealth of expertise and comprehensive range of established and nascent technologies available on site. The Functional Genomics facility offers pooled screening for unbiased, systematic, high-throughput gain-of-function and loss-of-function screens in human and mouse cells and, capitalizing on the latest in pooled CRISPR/Cas9 and bar-coded ORF libraries, provides a complete gene discovery and characterization pipeline. Catherine will present an overview of this new facility today, including the services offered and examples of how pooled screening has advanced basic and clinical research.