Presented by Amy Rohlfing, Marina Santiago, and John Santa Maria

Many of us have heard of “superbugs” from the media – deadly bacteria gone wild, that are no longer responsive to antibiotic treatments. Our lecture will begin with Amy’s description of what bacteria are, what antibiotics are, and what antibiotic resistance is. We will concentrate on the antibiotic penicillin as an example in this lecture.  Next, Marina will delve deeper in to understanding what mechanisms bacteria have to overcome antibiotic treatment and where antibiotic resistance comes from. Finally, John will conclude by describing various strategies scientists use to discover and design new antibiotics, including some new approaches devised by the Walker lab.


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