Dr Jim Blackburn
Dr Jim Blackburn is Head of Production for the Garvan Sequencing Platform, overseeing key responsibilities related to the advancement and delivery of next-generation sequencing services. Originally from the UK, he studied at the University of Manchester and Imperial College London before undertaking postdoctoral and leadership positions at King's College London and the Garvan Institute. With over 23 years of extensive scientific experience, Dr Blackburn’s expertise spans a wide array of research disciplines – from genomics and transcriptomics to molecular and developmental genetics (including “EvoDevo”). This extensive background has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications and pioneering innovations. Dr Blackburn's passion for leading the development, adaptation and implementation of cutting-edge techniques and tools for both basic (fundamental) and translational research has so far resulted in the creation of two research-validated diagnostics for cancer-associated fusion genes, and a novel protocol for improving the precision with which protein-DNA regulatory interactions are identified (ChIP-CapSeq). Recognising the importance of a strong STEM education in nurturing the future generation of scientists, Dr Blackburn is actively involved in mentoring and supervising honours and graduate students at UNSW Sydney - contributing further by delivering undergraduate course lectures for the School of Biotechnology & Biomolecular Sciences.
- 2016Winner of the ABCAM Best Poster at the 5th Annual Garvan Post Doctoral Symposium
- 2018Winner of the Choong-Dickinson Best Poster Award at the ASSG / ASG Annual Scientific Meeting
Improving sarcoma classification by using RNA hybridisation capture sequencing in sarcomas of uncertain histogenesis of young individuals.
- 2023PloS one10.1371/journal.pone.0284327
Synonymous alterations of cancer-associated Trp53 CpG mutational hotspots cause fatal developmental jaw malocclusions but no tumors in knock-in mice.
- 2020BioEssays : news and reviews in molecular, cellular and developmental biology10.1002/bies.202000016
Sequencing Strategies for Fusion Gene Detection.
- 2019Nature communications10.1038/s41467-019-09374-9
Diagnosis of fusion genes using targeted RNA sequencing.
- 2019The Prostate10.1002/pros.23823
TMPRSS2-ERG fusions linked to prostate cancer racial health disparities: A focus on Africa.