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Professor Charles Dorman

Professor & Head of School (Microbiology)

Head of School (School Office - Genetics & Microbiology)

Charles J Dorman is a microbial geneticist and has held the Chair of Microbiology at Trinity College Dublin since 1994. He has been a Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator since 2003 and is currently in his second term as head of the Trinity College Dublin School of Genetics and Microbiology. Professor Dorman is a Founding Member of the European Academy of Microbiology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (Ireland's highest academic honour), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and was made a Chartered Biologist by the Institute of Biology in 2009. He is a recipient of the Sir Alexander Fleming Medal of the Society for General Microbiology (SGM) and was formerly a Royal Society Research Fellow and Lecturer in Biochemistry at the Medical Sciences Institute at Dundee University in the United Kingdom. Professor Dorman has served as the Ambassador to Western Europe and Israel of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and is a member of the ASM Committee on Global Engagement. He has a keen interest in the development of microbiology internationally, is a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Science at Bangalore and has delivered around 200 invited lectures at conferences, universities and research institutes around the world over the past twenty-five years. From 2005 to 2010 Professor Dorman was Editor-in-Chief of 'Microbiology' (published by the SGM) and in 2014 was elected chair of the SGM Publishing committee with responsibility for its six scientific journals; in 2015 he launched its latest journal, MGen (Microbial Genomics) a fully-open-access, online journal. He has served on the editorial boards of numerous scientific journals and has been an advisor to several national and international research funding agencies worldwide. In 2006-07 he chaired a review of all microbiological research in the United Kingdom for the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). His own research focuses on the global regulation of gene expression in bacteria of medical importance, with an emphasis on the regulatory roles of DNA topology and nucleoid-associated proteins. Professor Dorman is currently a Trustee of the Microbiology Society (London) and a member of its governing council.
  BACTERIA   BACTERIAL   BACTERIAL GENE   BACTERIUM   BINDING-PROTEINS   BINDING-SITE   BINDING-SITES   BIOCHEMICAL   BIOCHEMICAL APPROACH   BIOCHEMISTRY   BIOLOGY   CURVED DNA   DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC-ACID GYRASE   DNA   DNA ARRAY   DNA BENDING   DNA BINDING   DNA GYRASE   DNA INVERSION   DNA MICROARRAYS   DNA RECOGNITION DOMAINS   DNA SUPERCOILING   DNA SUPERHELICITY   DNA TOPOLOGY   DNA-BINDING   DNA-BINDING ACTIVITY   DNA-BINDING DOMAIN   DNA-BINDING DOMAINS   DNA-BINDING PROTEIN   DNA-BINDING PROTEINS   DNA-BINDING SUBUNIT   ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION   ENVIRONMENTAL-REGULATION   ESCHERICHIA-COLI K-12   FIMBRIAE   FIMBRIAL PHASE VARIATION   FIS PROTEIN   GENE REARRANGEMENTS   GENE REGULATION   GENE-EXPRESSION   GENES   GENETIC   GENETIC MANIPULATION   GENETIC STRUCTURE   GENETIC-ANALYSIS   GENETICS   GENOME   GENOME COMPACTION   GENOME EVOLUTION   GENOME EXPRESSION ANALYSIS   GENOMES   GENOMIC ORGANIZATION   GENOMICS   GLOBAL REGULATOR   GROWTH-PHASE CONTROL   GROWTH-PHASE REGULATION   HISTONE-LIKE PROTEINS   HNS   H-NS   INTEGRATION HOST FACTOR   MESSENGER-RNA   MICROARRAY   MICROARRAY DATA   MICROBIAL ACTIVITY   MICROBIOLOGY   MICROORGANISM   MICROORGANISMS   MOLECULAR-BIOLOGY   MOLECULAR-CLONING   MOLECULAR-GENETICS   MOLECULAR-STRUCTURE   SALMONELLA-TYPHIMURIUM   SHIGELLA-FLEXNERI   SITE-SPECIFIC RECOMBINASES   TRANSCRIPTIONAL ACTIVATION   TYPE-1 FIMBRIAE
 Bacterial gene regulation by DNA supercoiling.
 Bacterial DNA supercoiling and gene regulation.
 DNA supercoiling, gene expression and bacterial pathogenicity.
 Contribution of DNA topology to the control of virulence gene expression in Shigella flexneri.
 Environmental stress, DNA supercoiling and the regulation of virulence in Salmonella typhimurium.

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Chair of Microbiology (formerly the Chair of Bacteriology and Preventive Medicine, established 1919), Trinity College Dublin Since 1994
Head of the School of Genetics and Microbiology. Trinity College Dublin 2008-2011; 2014-2017
Head of Microbiology Department, Moyne Institute of Preventive Medicine, Trinity College Dublin 1994-2001; 2013-2014
Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator Since 2003
Trustee and Member of Council (governing body) of the Microbiology Society, Charles Darwin House, London, UK 2015-2018
Visiting Professor, Department of Microbiology and Cell Biology, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India 2014-2017
Chair, Publications Committee, Microbiology Society, Charles Darwin House, London, UK 2015-2018
Member, European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant panel, Brussels, Belgium. 2015-2016
Member, Committee on Global Engagement, American Society for Microbiology, Washington DC, USA 2012-2017
Member, International Scientific Committee, IBEC Foundation (Bio-engineering Institute of Catalonia), Barcelona University, Spain 2014-2017
European Ambassador of the American Society for Microbiology, Washington DC, USA 2010-2013
Chair, AERES/HCERES (French Higher Education Authority agency) research assessment visiting group, INSERM UMR 5240, University Claude Bernard, Lyon, France 2014-2015
International Working Group, Microbiology Society, London, UK 2015
Representative of the American Society for Microbiology at the 5th Congress of European Microbiology Societies, Leipzig, Germany 2013
Nomination Committee, American Academy of Microbiology Moselio Schaechter Distinguished Service Award, Washington DC, USA 2010-2011
Assessment Committee, Heatley-Payne Exchange Program for Early Career Scientists (American Society for Microbiology and the Microbiology Society) 2010-2014
Selection Committee, American Academy of Microbiology, GSK International Member of the Year Award, Washington DC, USA 2011-2015
Award Committee, American Society for Microbiology and Federation of European Microbiology Mäkelä - Cassell Award 2012-2015
Chairman, BBSRC Strategic Review of United Kingdom (UK) Microbial Science 2005-2006
Editor-in-Chief, Microbiology (Published by the Society for General Microbiology) 2005-2010
International Advisory Committee, International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS) Congress 2011, Sapporo, Japan 2011
Faculty of 1000 (Faculty Prime member) Since 2006
Editorial Advisory Board, Molecular Microbiology, published by Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK 2005-2016
Editorial Board, Journal of Bacteriology, published by the American Society of Microbiology, Washington DC, USA 2007-2018
Editorial Board, Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology, published by Karger, Basel, Switzerland Since 1998
Editorial Board, International Journal of Medical Microbiology, published by Elsevier, Park Avenue, New York, USA 1999-2007
Editorial Advisory Board, Biochemical Journal (Biochemical Society Journal), published by Portland Press, London, UK 1996-2008
Editorial Board, Pathogens and Disease, published by John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey, USA Since 2013
Associate Editor, PLoS Pathogens, published by the Public Library of Science, Cambridge, UK 2013
Associate Editor, PLoS Genetics, published by the Public Library of Science, Cambridge, UK 2013
Guest Editor, Current Opinion in Microbiology, published by Elsevier, Park Avenue, New York, USA 2008-2009
Associate Editor, Microbiology (Published by the Society for General Microbiology, Reading, UK) 1993-1998
Senior Editor, Microbiology (Published by the Society for General Microbiology, Reading, UK) 1998-2003
Organizer, American Society for Microbiology Symposium "Complex Genetic Switches" at the 4th Congress of the Federation of European Microbiological Societies, Geneva, Switzerland 2010-2011
Vice-President, Euroconference series on Bacterial Neural Networks, Strasbourg, France 2002
President, Euroconference on Intracellular Signalling and Global Regulation, Killiney, Ireland 2000
Trustee and Council Member, Society for General Microbiology, Marlborough House, Reading, UK 2005-2009
SGM Journals Business Sub-Committee 2011-2012
SGM Policy Working Party 2011-2012
SGM Council Liaison Officer, SGM Irish Branch 2005-2009
Member, SGM Treasurer's Committee 2005-2010; 2011-2012
SGM Strategy Group 2006
Academy of Finland, Research Council for Bioscience and Environment, Biosciences Panel, Helsinki, Finland 2004-2006
Health Research Board of Ireland, Microbiology Committee 1995-98, 1998-00
BBSRC (UK) International member, Plant and Microbial Sciences Research Committee 1995-1997
BBSRC (UK) International member, Initiative on investigating gene function - E. coli bid: member of prefunding steering committee 1999
BBSRC/NERC (UK) International member, Joint Initiative on Gene Flow in Plants and Microorganisms - member of expert panel 2000
BBSRC (UK) British Government Institutes Research Assessment Exercise: visiting group international member 2001, 2006
BBSRC funding initiative on Prokaryotic Responses to Environmental Stress - steering committee international member 1997-1998
Co-organizer, American Society for Microbiology Colloquium on H-NS, Boston, USA 2008
Organizer, 2nd European Microbiology Congress: Systems Microbiology Symposium: Madrid, Spain 2006
Organizer, SGM Conference "Fifty Years of the Double Helix": Manchester, UK 2003
Scientific Advisory Board international member, Veterinary Training and Research Initiative, Bristol University (DEFRA, HM Government, UK) 2005-2009
Organizer, Royal Irish Academy Seminar on Microbial Responses to Stress 1998
Organizer, Royal Irish Academy Seminar on Biotechnology 1999
Ireland representative at Scientia Europeae (French Academy of Science) 1997
Co-organizer, Royal Society Discussion Meeting on Bacterial Pathogens In Vivo: Royal Society Hook Committee, Carlton House Terrace, London, UK 1999
Co-organizer, Novartis Foundation Conference on Bacterial Pathogens In Vivo, Portland Place, London UK 1999
PhD examiner University of Birmingham, University of Cambridge, University of Dublin, University of Dundee, University of East Anglia, University of Edinburgh, University of Leicester, Manipal University India, University of Nottingham, The National University of Ireland, The John Innes Centre, The Institute for Food Research UK, Imperial College London, University College London; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge; Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
External advisor appointments and promotions committees at Institute Pasteur, France; University of Bath, University of Birmingham, University College Cork, University College Dublin, University of Dundee, University of Edinburgh, University of Galway, University of Helsinki, Finland; National Centre for Biological Science, Bangalore, India; New York State Department of Health, USA; University of Sheffield; University of East Anglia; Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA; University of Houston, Texas, USA; Indian Institute for Science, Bangalore, India; Harvard University, Boston, USA
Ad hoc grant reviewer for: Agriculture and Food Research Council (UK), Austrian Science Fund, Biomedical Research Council (Singapore), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (UK), Crumlin Hospital Children's Research Centre (Ireland), Danish Council for Independent Research, DFF (Denmark), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Germany), Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany), Health and Medical Research Fund (Hong Kong), Health Research Board (Ireland), Human Frontier Science Program, Istituto Pasteur-Fondazione Cenci Bolognetti (Italy), Israel Science Foundation (ISF), Labex Jury, French National Research Agency ANR (France), Leverhulme Trust (UK), Medical Research Council (Canada), Medical Research Council (UK), National Science Foundation (USA), Natural Environment Research Council (UK), Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Nuffield Trust (UK),
Ad hoc grant reviewer for (contd): Pasteur Institute Fundamental Research Programme (France), Royal Society (UK), Science and Engineering Research Council (UK), Science Foundation Ireland, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), Third World Academy of Science (TWAS), United Nations (UNIDO/ICGEB), Wellcome Trust (UK),
Ad hoc journal referee for: Annual Review and Research in Biology, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, Biochim Biophys Acta, BMC Genetics, BMC Genomics, BMC Microbiology, British Microbiology Research Journal, Cell Systems, Cellular Microbiology, Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, Computational Biology and Chemistry, Current Biology, DNA Repair, Electrophoresis, EMBO Journal, EMBO Reports, Endeavour, Environmental Microbiology, Essays in Biochemistry, FEBS Lett, FEMS Lett, Food Research International, Functional & Integrative Genomics, G3: Genes Genomes Genetics, Gene Regulation and Systems Biology, Genes and Development, Genes and Function, Genetics, Genetic Research, Heredity, Infection and Immunity, International Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Journal of Bacteriology, Journal of Basic Microbiology, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of the Royal Society Interface
Ad hoc journal referee for (contd): Journal of Biosciences, Journal of Biotechnology, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Journal of General Microbiology, Journal of Medical Microbiology, Journal of Molecular Biology, Journal of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Journal of Molecular Evolution, Journal of Structural Biology, mBio, Microbes and Infection, Molecular and General Genetics, Molecular Biosystems, Molecular Microbiology, Microbiology, Microbiology Today, Nature, Nature Methods, Nature Reviews Microbiology, Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, Nucleic Acids Research, Open Life Sciences, Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci., Physica Scripta, Physical Biology, Plasmid, PLoS Biology, PLoS Genetics, PLoS One, PLoS Pathogens, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Protein Science, Science, ScienceAdvances, Scientific Reports, Soft Matter, Trends in Genetics, Trends in Microbiology, Vaccine, Veterinary Microbiology, Virulence, Wiley-Blackwell book proposals.
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European Academy of Microbiology (Founding Member) Since 2009
American Academy of Microbiology (Fellow) Since 2010
Royal Irish Academy (Member) Since 2005
Royal Society of Biology (Fellow) Since 2009
Institute of Biology (Chartered Biologist) Since 2009
Faculty of 1000 (Faculty Member) Since 2006
Member of the National Commission for Microbiology, Royal Irish Academy 1995 1999
Microbiology Society (formerly Society for General Microbiology) Since 1982
American Society for Microbiology Since 1985
Royal Society Alumnus Group Since 2000
Stochastic modelling of gene regulation in prokaryotes (StoMP Group) Since 2007
Biochemical Society 1988 2008
Society for Experimental Biology 2013 2014
Dorman CJ, A Colgan, MJ Dorman, Bacterial pathogen gene regulation: a DNA-structure-centred view of a protein-dominated domain, Clinical Science, 2016, Journal Article, IN_PRESS
Dorman CJ, Function of nucleoid-associated proteins in chromosome structuring and transcriptional regulation, Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology, 24, (6), 2015, p316 - 331, Notes: [ISSN: 1464-1801 eISSN: 1660-2412 ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Dorman, CJ, Integrating small molecule signalling and H-NS antagonism in Vibrio cholerae, a bacterium with two chromosomes, Molecular Microbiology, 97, (4), 2015, p612 - 615, Notes: [Published online 19th May 2015], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Fitzgerald S, SC Dillon, C Tzu-Chiao, HL Wiencko, K Hokamp, ADS Cameron, CJ Dorman, Re-engineering cellular physiology by rewiring high-level global regulatory genes, Scientific Reports, 5, 2015, p17653 , Notes: [[Published online 3 December 2015]], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Coordination of bacterial virulence gene expression (Chapter 17) in, editor(s)Y-W Tang , Molecular Medical Microbiology 2nd Edition , San Diego, Elsevier, 2014, pp315 - 355, [Dorman CJ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Paytubi S, Aznar S, Madrid C, Balsalobre C, Dillon S, Dorman CJ, Juarez A, A novel role for antibiotic resistance plasmids in facilitating Salmonella adaptation to nonhost environments, Environmental Microbiology, 16, (4), 2014, p950 - 962, Notes: [Published online 19 August 2013], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Quinn HJ, Cameron ADS, Dorman CJ, Bacterial regulon evolution: distinct responses and roles for the identical OmpR proteins of Salmonella Typhimurium and Escherichia coli in the acid stress response, PLoS Genetics, 10, (3), 2014, pe1004215 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Dorman CJ, H-NS-like proteins, mobile genetic elements and horizontal gene transfer in bacteria, Plasmid, 75, (9), 2014, p1 - 11, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Organization of the Bacterial Nucleoid (Chapter 311) in, Lennarz W, Lane MD , Encyclopedia of Biological Chemistry (2nd Edition), Waltham, MA, USA, Academic Press, 2013, pp367 - 370, [Dorman CJ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL
Dorman CJ, Hokamp K, Dillon SC, Fitzgerald S, E-GEOD-52235 - Gene expression analysis of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium strain SL1344 swap, EMBL-EBI, 2013, Dataset, PUBLISHED  URL
  

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Biomedicine Hub, Basel, Switzerland, Karger, [eds.], 2016, Editorial Board, PUBLISHED
Dorman CJ, Manipulating bacterial identity by genome rewiring , Conway Institute, University College Dublin, 29 March, 2016, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Colgan A, CJ Dorman, Investigating the importance of the chromosomal positioning of the genes encoding H-NS and StpA in S. Typhimurium, DAPI-2016, Trinity College Dublin, 15 Jan, 2016, Poster, PRESENTED
Bogue M, Dorman CJ, Investigating how the regulation and chromosomal location of the growth-phase specific nucleoid associated proteins, Fis and Dps, affect bacterial fitness in Salmonella Typhimurium, Microbiology Society Annual Conference, Liverpool Convention Centre, UK, 21 March, 2016, ppS23/P2 , Poster, PRESENTED
Colgan A, Hokamp K, CJ Dorman, Investigating the importance of the chromosomal positioning of the genes encoding H-NS and StpA in S. Typhimurium, Microbiology Society Annual Conference, Liverpool Convention Centre, UK, 21 March, 2016, ppS23/P8 , Poster, PRESENTED
Dorman CJ, Transcription regulation and bacterial species identity, FASEB Science Research Conferences, Mechanism and Regulation of Prokaryotic Transcription , Saxtons River, Vermont, USA, 21-26 June 2015, edited by Buck M, Hinton D, Laub M , FASEB, 2015, pp37 - 37, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Dorman CJ, The Role of DNA Conformation in the Determination of Microbial Species, Proceedings of the National Conference of Microbial Resources, The 7th National Conference of Microbial Resources & the International Symposium on Microbial Systematics and Taxonomy, Hangzhou, China, 28-30 August, edited by Deng X, Oren A, Jiang R , 7, 2015, pp6 - 6, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Dorman CJ, Horizontal gene transfer, microbial evolution and host adaptation , 6th FEMS Congress of European Microbiology, Maastricht, The Netherlands, 7-11 June, 2015, Federation of European Microbiological Societies, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Dorman CJ, Genetic switches and bacterial decision making, 115th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, New Orleans, USA, 2 June, 2015, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Dorman CJ, Transcription regulation and bacterial species identity, Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology (FASEB) Meeting on Transcription, Saxtons River, Vermont, USA, 23 June, 2015, Invited Talk, PRESENTED

  

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Trustee and member of the Governing Council of the Microbiology Society, Charles Darwin House, London, UK 2015
Representative of the American Society for Microbiology at the European Congress of Microbiology, Leipzig, Germany 2013
Top performing editorial board member, Journal of Bacteriology American Society for Microbiology, Washington DC, USA 2013
Outstanding Service Award, American Society for Microbiology International Ambassador Programme 2012
Outstanding Service Award, American Society for Microbiology International Board 2011
Appointed Ambassador to Europe of the American Society for Microbiology, Washington DC, USA 2010-2013
Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology 2010
Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB) 2009
Elected Member of the European Academy of Microbiology 2009
Chartered Biologist (C.Biol.) status conferred by the Institute of Biology (UK) 2009
Elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA) 2005
E.S. and R. Duthie Lecturer, TCD 2003
Lecture to Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (hosted by the Nobel Prize Committee for Chemistry) 2002
Fellow of Trinity College Dublin (FTCD) 1997
Royal Irish Academy representative at Scientia Europaea, French Academy of Science 1997
MA (juri officii) Trinity College, Dublin 1995
Fleming Lecture, 50th Anniversary Meeting of the Society for General Microbiology, University of Bath, UK 1995
Sir Alexander Fleming Medal of the Society for General Microbiology. 1994
Royal Society Fellowship Renewal 1992
Royal Society University Research Fellowship, Biochemistry Department, Medical Sciences Institute, Dundee University, UK 1988-1994
Elected to a Personal Research Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. 1988
Searle/Monsanto Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biochemistry, Medical Sciences Institute, University of Dundee 1984-1988
EMBO Fellowship (Biochemistry Department, Leicester University, UK) 1983-1984
College Prize (First place, degree exams; National University of Ireland) 1981
University Scholarship (First place, annual exams; UCD) 1980
University Scholarship (First place, annual exams; UCD) 1979
1. Gene regulatory mechanisms in Gram-negative bacteria of medical importance, with an emphasis on the roles of nucleoid-associated proteins and DNA topology in controlling transcription and site-specific recombination. 2. Horizontal transfer of gene regulatory elements and the evolution of gene control networks. 3. The dissection and interpretation of complex gene regulatory circuits using genomics methods. 4. Modulation of gene expression patterns in pathogenic bacteria during infection and intracellular growth.