The Power of Komodo Dragons: Defeating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
By: 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
7:45PM-8:30PM: Meet the Scientist and Networking Reception