- Ken Dewar
About Ken Dewar
Ken Dewar obtained his PhD from Université Laval in 1995 studying the genome structure of the Dutch elm disease fungus (Ophiostoma ulmi). After completing post-doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania participating on the genome mapping and sequencing of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, Professor Dewar joined the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research in 1997 as part of the Human Genome Project where he led teams for genome mapping and chromosome closure. In 2002, Professor Dewar joined the department of Human Genetics at McGill University. The Dewar laboratory combines leading edge DNA sequencing technologies and bioinformatics to better understand genome structure and variation. Génome Québec and Genome Canada have supported projects (completed or underway) in the Dewar laboratory; they include the comparisons of epidemic and non-epidemic isolates of the hospital pathogenic bacteria Clostridium difficile, the development of genomic resources for complex trait analysis in the biomedical primate model (the vervet monkey), and the genome sequencing and analysis of cellulose degrading fungi. The laboratory is located in the McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre and works closely with the Innovation Centre for the implementation of new DNA sequencing technologies and analysis procedures.