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Dr. Damien Lightfoot
Dr. Damien Lightfoot Dr. ​Damien Lightfoot received his Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide (Australia) in 2007. Following this, he commenced his Postdoctoral studies on plant stress tolerance before moving to KAUST in August of 2014. At KAUST, he worked as a Research Scientist in BESE under Prof. Mark Tester and continued his research on plant abiotic stress tolerance, while developing an interest in bioinformatics and genomics

Biography

Dr. Damien  Lightfoot received his Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide (Australia) in 2007. Following this, he commenced his Postdoctoral studies on plant stress tolerance before moving to KAUST in August of 2014. At KAUST, he worked as a Research Scientist in BESE under Prof. Mark Tester and continued his research on plant abiotic stress tolerance, while developing an interest in bioinformatics and genomics. These interests led him to a second Research Scientist position, with Prof. Tim Ravasi, using bioinformatics approaches to investigate the responses of coral reef fishes to future climate change conditions. In January of 2018, Damien shifted away from research and took on a role in Postdoc and Researcher support under Dr. Virginia Unkefer, within the office of the Senior Vice President for Research. In this role, Damien is working to coordinate professional development opportunities for Postdocs and Researchers while also liaising with faculty, human resources, and administration on matters related to KAUST researchers. Additionally, he is working on reviewing and improving policy and procedures related to current and future researchers at KAUST.

All sessions by Dr. Damien Lightfoot

  • Day 1Sunday, February 25th
Workshop
2:15 pm

Research ethics: case studies and discussion

Dr. Damien Lightfoot will talk about several cases of research ethics violations, including the Schön scandal in the Bell Labs between 2000 and 2002 as well as the South Korean stem cell controversy of 2004 to 2006. He will discuss the “slippery slope” from questionable research practices to fraud and the potential implications that range from manuscript retraction to civil and criminal court proceedings. Damien will also explore the responsibility of co-authors and colleagues in these cases.

Auditorium between Building 4 and 5 14:15 - 15:00 Details