Title

Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Presenter Information

Harriet Lumula

Department

Biological Sciences

Major

Biological Sciences

Research Advisor

Westenberg, David J.

Advisor's Department

Biological Sciences

Abstract

Antibiotic resistance bacteria has emerged as an important determinant of outcome for patients all over the world. In addition, the escalating problem of antimicrobial resistance has substantially increased overall health care costs. This increase is a result of prolonged hospitalizations and convalescence associated with antibiotic treatment failures, the need to develop new antimicrobial agents, and the implementation of broader infection control and public health interventions aimed at curbing the spread of antibiotic-resistant pathogens. Quorum sensing is a system of stimulus and response used by bacteria to communicate with each other. This problem however, can be solved by designing a device or molecule that will lead to quorum quenching hence effective use of antibiotics to target the bacteria.

Biography

Miss Harriet Lumula is an International Student from Kenya currently pursuing her degree in Biological Sciences at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Her great interests in science and research led her to major in Biology. Her long term plans are to work in a research department and help solve current or arising human related health conditions. Currently she works under Dr. Matthew Thimgan using the model system Drosophila Melanogaster to research sleep biology.

Research Category

Research Proposals

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Award

Research proposal poster session, Third place

Location

Upper Atrium/Hall

Presentation Date

15 Apr 2015, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Upper Atrium/Hall

Antibiotic resistance bacteria has emerged as an important determinant of outcome for patients all over the world. In addition, the escalating problem of antimicrobial resistance has substantially increased overall health care costs. This increase is a result of prolonged hospitalizations and convalescence associated with antibiotic treatment failures, the need to develop new antimicrobial agents, and the implementation of broader infection control and public health interventions aimed at curbing the spread of antibiotic-resistant pathogens. Quorum sensing is a system of stimulus and response used by bacteria to communicate with each other. This problem however, can be solved by designing a device or molecule that will lead to quorum quenching hence effective use of antibiotics to target the bacteria.