Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Landon J. Getz, PhD

landon.getz@dal.ca

Executive Summary


Dr. Landon J. Getz (He/Him, PhD) is a Gay/Queer man and a molecular bacteriologist specializing in Vibrio genetics. Dr. Getz is an award-winning researcher and post-secondary educator, with significant laboratory experience, as well as teaching experience in undergraduate biology, microbiology, and chemistry courses. Landon is an LGBTQ+ advocate and has worked to enhance the equity, diveristy, and inclusion of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) through Queer Atlantic Canadian STEM. Landon is a member of the inaugural Youth Council of the Chief Science Advisor of Canada.

Affiliations


PhD Candidate All but Degree, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Education


Ph.D Microbiology and Immunology, Dalhousie University

Advanced Bacterial Genetics Course, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

B.Sc. First Class Honours in Microbiology and Immunology, Dalhousie University

Certificate in Genetics, Dalhousie University

High School Diploma, Medicine Hat High School

Publications


Papers:

*Authors contributed equally to the work, #Corresponding Author.

  1. Getz, L.J., Brown, J.M., Sobot, L., Chow, A., Mahendrarajah, J., Thomas, N.A.# (2022). Attenuation of a DNA Cruciform by a Conserved Regulator Directs T3SS-1 mediated virulence in Vibrio parahaemolyticus. Under Revision at Nucleic Acids Research.
  2. Kratzer, K.*, Getz, L.J.*, Peterlini, T, Masson#, J-Y, Dellaire, G#. (2021) “Addressing the dark matter of gene therapy: technical and ethical barriers to clinical application.” Human Genetics. DOI: 10.1007/s00439-021-02272-5
  3. Getz, L.J., Dellaire, G.# (2020). “Back to Basics: Application of the 4-principle approach to bioethics to heritable genome editing.” Science and Engineering Ethics. DOI: 10.1007/s11948-020-00226-0.
  4. Getz, L. J., Runté, C., Rainey, J., Thomas, N.A.# (2019). “Tyrosine phosphorylation as a widespread regulatory mechanism in prokaryotes.” Journal of Bacteriology. DOI: 10.1128/JB.00205-19
  5. Thornbury, M.*, Sicheri, J.*, Slaine, P.D., Getz, L. J., Finlayson-Trick, E.C.L., Cook, J., Guinard, C., Boudreau, N., Jakeman, D., Rohde, J.R., McCormick, C.# (2018). “Characterization of novel lignocellulose-degrading enzymes from the porcupine microbiome using synthetic metagenomics” PLoS One. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0209221.
  6. Getz, L.J.#, Dellaire, G.# (2018). “Angels and Devils: Dual-Use in Biotechnology.” Trends in Biotechnology. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tibtech.2018.07.016.
  7. Runté, C., Jain, U., Getz, L.J., Secord, S., Kuwae, A., Abe, A., Leblanc, J., Stadnyk, A.W., Kaper, J.B., Hansen, A.M., Thomas, N.A.# (2018). “Tandem tyrosine phosphosites in the enteropathogenic Escherichia coli chaperone CesT are required for differential type III effector translocation and virulence.” Molecular Microbiology. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/mmi.13948.
  8. Getz, L.J., Thomas, N.A.##(2018) “The Transcriptional Regulator HlyU is a Positive Regulator for Expression of exsA Leading to Type III Secretion System-1 Activation in Vibrio parahaemolyticus Journal of Bacteriology. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1128/JB.00653-17.
  9. Getz, L.J.*, Finlayson-Trick, E.C.L.*, Slaine, P.D.*, Thornbury, M., Lamourerux, E., Cook, J., Langille, M.G.I., Murray, L.E., McCormick, C., Rohde, J.R., Cheng, Z.# (2017). “Taxonomic differences of gut microbiomes drive cellulolytic enzymatic potential within hind-gut fermenting mammals.” PLoS One. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0189404.

Commentaries:

  1. Baylis, F., Getz, L.J. (2021). Challenge studies for COVID-19: Now is still not the timeJME Blog
  2. Getz, L.J.,, Baylis, F. (2021). Challenge studies for COVID-19: Now is not the time.JME Blog
  3. Getz, L.J., Baylis, F. (2020). Canada should reject the idea of deliberately infecting vaccine volunteers. PolicyOptions.ca
  4. Baylis, F., Getz, L.J. (2020). Why federal government should reject human challenge trials for COVID-19 vaccine. CBC Opinion.
  5. Qaiser, F., Morriseau, T., Rilling, M., Cartile, A., Sung, M., Getz, L.J., Boulanger, M-E. (2020). Envisioning A Post-Pandemic Future in the Canadian Science Community: A Youth Perspective. Canadian Science Policy Conference 2020
  6. Baylis, F., Getz, L.J. (2020). Rush to risky chellenge trials is unethical, HealthyDebate.ca.
  7. Getz, L.J. (2020). Rushing coronavirus vaccines and treatments could do more harm than good, TheConversation.ca, Republished in Everything Zoomer, and Dal News.
  8. Kofler, N., Getz, L.J., Baylis, F., Dellaire, G. (2019). Genetically modifying mosquitoes to control the spread of disease carries unknown risks, TheConversation.ca, republished in Salon, HalifaxToday.ca, SaltWire Newspapers, and Gannett Newspapers.
  9. Getz, L.J., Dellaire, G. (2019). Moratorium on Human Genome Editing: Time to Get It Right, The Hastings Center Forum Blog.
  10. Getz, L.J., Dellaire, G. (2019). CRISPR gene editing: Why we need Slow Science, The Conversation: Canada Edition.
  11. Getz, L.J. (2019).The “Value” of Consumer DNA Sequencing., Impact Ethics, Novel Tech Ethics, Halifax, NS.
  12. Getz, L.J., Dellaire, G., Baylis, F. (2018). “Jiankui He: A Sorry Tale of High-Stakes Science”, The Hastings Center Forum Blog.
  13. Baylis, F., Dellaire, G., Getz, L.J. (2018). “Why we are not ready for genetically designed babies”, The Conversation: Canada Edition. Reprinted in: The National Post and the Halifax Chronicle Herald.
  14. Getz, L.J. (2018). “Thicker Than Water: Slow Movement on Blood Policy”, Impact Ethics, Novel Tech Ethics, Halifax, NS.
  15. Getz, L.J. (2018). “The Privacy Implications of Human DNA Sequencing”, Impact Ethics, Novel Tech Ethics, Halifax, NS.
  16. Getz, L.J. (2017). “A Reflection on Blood Donation Policy in Canada”, Impact Ethics, Novel Tech Ethics, Halifax, NS.

Pre-Prints:

  1. Getz, L.J., Brown, J.M., Sobot, L., Chow, A., Mahendrarajah, J., Thomas, N.A.# (2022). Attenuation of a DNA Cruciform by a Conserved Regulator Directs T3SS-1 mediated virulence in Vibrio parahaemolyticus. BioRxiv.
  2. *Thornbury, M., *Sicheri, J., Guinard, C,. Mahoney, D., Routledge, F,. Curry, M., Elaghil, M., Boudreau, N., Tsai, A., Slaine P., Finlayson-Trick, E.C.L., Getz, L.J., Cook, J., Rohde, J.R., McCormick, C. “Discovery and Characterization of Novel Lignocellulose-Degrading Enzymes from the Porcupine Microbiome.” BioRxiv.
  3. Runté, C., Jain, U., Getz, L.J., Secord, S., Kuwae, A., Abe, A., Leblanc, J., Stadnyk, A.W., Kaper, J.B., Hansen, A.M., Thomas, N.A. (2018) “Tandem tyrosine residues in the EPEC multicargo chaperone CesT support differential type III effector translocation and early host colonization.” BioRxiv.

Abstracts:

  1. Getz, L.J., Brown, J., Thomas, N.A. (2019). Type III Secretion System Gene Expression and Virulence is Regulated by a DNA Cruciform Structure at the exsA promoter in Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Genomes to Biology: the 8th International Conference on the Biology of Vibrios, McGill University, Montreal, QC. - November 2019
  2. Getz, L.J., Brown, J., Thomas, N.A. (2019). A DNA junction superstructure regulates Type III Secretion System gene expression and virulence in Vibrio parahaemolyticus, The 69th Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC. - June 2019
  3. Getz, L.J., Thomas, N.A. (2018). Flipping the Switch on Bacterial Pathogenesis: How the Leading Cause of Seafood-borne Gastroenteritis - Vibrio parahaemolyticus - Regulates Virulence, LGBTSTEMinar 2019, Institute of Physics, London, UK. - January 2019
  4. Getz, L.J., Comeau, A., Langille, M.G.I., Thomas, N.A. (2018). Linking Phenotype and Pathogen Genomics: Tn-Seq and Next Generation DNA Sequencing, PREP Graduate Student Research Day, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. - May 2018
  5. Getz, L.J., Comeau, A., Langille, M.G.I., Thomas, N.A. (2018). Linking Phenotype and Pathogen Genomics: Tn-Seq and Next Generation DNA Sequencing, 23rd Annual Infectious Disesase Research Day, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. - Apr 2018
  6. Getz, L.J., Thomas, N.A. (2017). HlyU and H-NS Act as a Genetic Switch for Transcriptional Control of the Type III Secretion System-I Master Regulator exsA, ASM Vibrio2017: The Biology of Vibrios, Chicago, IL. - November 2017
  7. Getz, L.J., Thomas, N.A. (2017). Discovery of a Genetic Switch in Vibrio parahaemolyticus That Contributes to Host Cell Death During Infection, 22nd Annual Infectious Disease Research Day, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. - March 2017
  8. Getz, L.J., Finlayson-Trick, E.C.L.*, Mostafa Hagar*, Slaine, P.D., Thornbury, M., Lamourerux, E., Cook, J., Langille, M.G.I., Murray, L.E., McCormick, C., Rohde, J.R., Cheng, Z.A ‘spike’ in biofuel production: mining the porcupine microbiome to engineer a softwood feedstock platform, Giant Jamboree Abstract Guide, iGEM Giant Jamboree, Boston, MA. - October 2016

Invited Talks


2022 Al Downe Memorial Lecture, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON - March 2022

Genomics in Medicine - Emerging Technologies and Bioinformatic Challenges, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. - December 2019

Graduate Student Research Day Excellence in Research Keynote, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. - May 2019

Natural History Museum Life Science Seminar Series - London, UK - January 2019

Conference and Seminar Presentations


For Posters: *Presenting Author

  1. Genomes to Biology: The 8th International Conference on the Biology of Vibrios, McGill University, Montreal, QC - November 2019
    • Type: Oral Presentation
    • Title: Type III Secretion System Gene Expression and Virulence is Regulated by a DNA Cruciform Structure at the exsA promoter in Vibrio parahaemolyticus
    • Awarded a People’s Choice Award by the Canadian Society of Microbiologists.
  2. Centre for Comparative Genomics and Evolutionary Bioinformatics Research Retreat, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS - November 2019
    • Authors: Landon J. Getz*, Justin Brown, Nikhil Thomas
    • Type: Poster Presentation
    • Title:Type III Secretion System Gene Expression and Virulence is Regulated by a DNA Cruciform Structure at the exsA promoter in Vibrio parahaemolyticus
  3. 69th Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists, Université de Sherbrooke, Montreal, QC - June 2019
    • Authors: Landon J. Getz, Justin Brown, Nikhil Thomas*
    • Type: Poster Presentation
    • Title: A DNA junction superstructure regulates Type III Secretion System gene expression and virulence in Vibrio parahaemolyticus
  4. Professional Research and Education Program Graduate Student Research Day, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. - May 2019
    • Type: Oral Presentation
    • Title: A Regulator of Sugar Metabolism Implicated in the Secretion and Virulence of Vibrio parahaemolyticus
  5. Dalhousie Conference on University Teaching and Learning, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. - May 2019
    • Type: Oral Presentation
    • Title: Creating LGBTQ+ Inclusive Spaces for Equitable Active Learning
  6. Microbiology and Immunology Seminar Series, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. - January 2019
    • Type: Oral Presentation
    • Title: The Multimodal Lifestyle of Marine Vibrios
  7. LGBTSTEMinar 2019, Institue of Physics, London, UK - January 2019
    • Type: Oral Presentation
    • Title: Flipping the Switch on Bacterial Pathogenesis: How the Leading Cause of Seafood-borne Gastroenteritis - Vibrio parahaemolyticus - Regulates Virulence
  8. PREP Graduate Student Research Day, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS - May 2018
    • Type: Oral Presentation
    • Title: Linking Phenotype and Pathogen Genomics: TnSeq and Next Generation DNA Sequencing
  9. 23rd Annual Infectious Disease Research Day, Centre for Vaccinology, Halifax, NS - April 2018
    • Authors: Landon J. Getz*, André Comeau, Morgan G. I. Langille, Nikhil Thomas
    • Type: Poster Presentation
    • Title: Linking Phenotype and Pathogen Genomics: TnSeq and Next Generation DNA Sequencing.
  10. Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Student Seminar, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS - February 2018
    • Type: Oral Presentation
    • Title: Vibrio parahaemolyticus: A Versatile Pathogen Living a Dual-Lifestyle
  11. ASM Vibrio2017, American Society of Microbiology, Chicago, IL - November 2017
    • Authors: Landon J. Getz*, Nikhil Thomas
    • Type: Poster Presentation
    • Title: HlyU and H-NS act as a Genetic Switch for Transcriptional Control of the Type-III Secretion System I Master Regulator exsA
  12. 22rd Annual Infectious Disease Research Day, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS - April, 2017
    • Authors: Landon J. Getz*, Nikhil Thomas
    • Type: Poster Presentation
    • Title: Discovery of a Genetic Switch in Vibrio parahaemolyticus that Contributes to Host Cell Death during Infection.
  13. 2016 iGEM Giant Jamboree, iGEM, Boston, MA - October 2016
    • Authors: Getz, L.J.*, Finlayson-Trick, E.C.L.*, Mostafa Hagar*, Slaine, P.D., Thornbury, M., Lamourerux, E., Cook, J., Langille, M.G.I., Murray, L.E., McCormick, C., Rohde, J.R., Cheng, Z.
    • Type: Poster Presentation
    • Title: Biofuel Production set to Spike: Identification of Biofuel Producing Enzymes in the Porcupine Microbiome
  14. 2016 iGEM Giant Jamboree, iGEM, Boston, MA - October, 2016
    • Type: Oral Presentation
    • Title: Biofuel Production set to Spike: Identification of Biofuel Producing Enzymes in the Porcupine Microbiome
  15. Microbiology and Immunology Seminar Series, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS - September 2016
    • Type: Oral Presentation
    • Title: State of the Union: iGEM Introduction

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