Mike Ellis, Ph.D.
Position: Post Doctoral Fellow
About: Mike obtained his PhD in Biochemistry from Western University in 2016 where he investigated mechanisms of post-transcriptional regulation of bacterial transposons in the lab of David Haniford. Mike joined the Brown Lab as a post-doctoral fellow in January 2017 and is part of the chemical genomics group where he is discovering new ways to treat bacterial infections. Mike is currently supported by a CIHR Post-doctoral Fellowship. Outside of the lab Mike enjoys cooking, reading about commercial aviation, and spending time with his family.
Research Interest: My overarching research interest lies in exploring bacterial stress responses to develop platforms for antibacterial drug discovery and new tools for studying mechanism(s) of action for novel antibiotics. Some of my work is part of a collaboration with the lab of Dr. Brian Coombes where we are identifying fresh leads for antimicrobial treatments effective against systemic infections by Salmonella spp. Other ongoing projects revolve around using chemical genomics to study the function of small non-coding RNAs (sRNA) in E. coli and Salmonella Typhimurium and developing next-generation sequencing based platforms for chemical genomics in a number of Gram-negative bacteria.