Gisle Vestergaard joined the group of Michael Schloter in 2014 as a postdoctoral fellow funded by the European project Phyto2Energy. His main focus is on the use of gene synteny for both functional annotation and detection of recent gene mobilization, which will be utilized in the Phyto2Energy project to investigate heavy metal resistance genes.
He got his Masters in biochemistry at the University in Copenhagen (2003-2006) and received a PhD scholarship from the University of Copenhagen (2006-2009), which he did under the supervision of Prof. Roger A. Garrett. During this time he was involved in the characterization of several novel virus families using molecular biology tools and bioinformatical analysis of the viral genomes. During his first postdoctoral position at the Danish Archaea Centre (2009-2011) he did bioinformatical analysis of CRISPR/Cas-systems, the immune-system found in both archaea and bacteria. During his second postdoc at the Molecular Microbial Ecology Group of Prof. Søren J. Sørensen (2011-2014), he worked on determining significant recipient factors with regards to their ability of plasmid uptake and developed pipelines to investigate gene synteny in both public databases and metagenomes.
Haring M, Vestergaard G, Rachel R, Chen L, Garrett RA, et al. (2005) Virology: independent virus development outside a host. Nature 436: 1101–1102.
Vestergaard G, Aramayo R, Basta T, Haring M, Peng X, et al. (2008) Structure of the acidianus filamentous virus 3 and comparative genomics of related archaeal lipothrixviruses. Journal of Virology 82: 371–381.
Vestergaard G, Garrett RA, Shah SA (2014) CRISPR adaptive immune systems of Archaea. RNA Biology 11: 156–167.