The Power of Komodo Dragons: Defeating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

November 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Hylton Performing Arts Center
10960 George Mason Cir
Manassas, VA 20109
Amy Adams
(703) 993-2672

Monique van HoekBy: Dr. Monique van Hoek
Antibiotic resistant bacteria are a growing threat. We need new antimicrobial agents and new approaches to defeat deadly bacterial infections. My lab has been looking to nature for new anti-bacterials. Our BioProspector system can find anti-bacterial peptides in very small samples of blood. In fact, we have found new anti-bacterial peptides in the blood of Alligators and Komodo dragons. Some of these peptides kill important antibiotic resistant bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA. I will explain what the BioProspector system is, how we identified these peptides from Komodo dragons, and how some of these peptides can kill dangerous bacteria.

Also speak one-on-one with biochemist Dr. Barney Bishop who is co-investigator on this project.


6:00PM: Doors open, food and beverages available
7:00PM-7:30PM: Scientific Discussion
7:30PM-7:45PM: Q&A
7:45PM-8:30PM: Meet the Scientist and Networking Reception