Biology Public Lectures 2016

2nd Mar 2016, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Business School

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The hunt for new antibiotics: from discovery to understanding regulation of production and resistance mechanisms – Lorena Fernández-Martínez

Antibiotic resistance is a very serious problem of global concern and has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country. Antibiotic resistance, i.e. when bacteria become immune to antibiotics so they no longer work in people who need them to treat infections, is now a major threat to public health. Without effective antibiotics, infections we regard as non-serious and routine operations could carry a much higher risk of serious complications. My research focuses on finding new antibiotics from actinomycetes, a diverse group of bacteria responsible for the production of many natural products used in the clinic. By discovering new antibiotics we hope that we can continue treating infectious diseases.

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