Biology Professor Miriam Barlow will lead a Science for Humanity Series session for the NSF-CREST Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines on Tuesday, March 19.
"Antibiotic Resistance in Merced" is the title of her talk. It takes place from noon to 1 p.m. in SSB 130 and is open to everyone.
Antibiotic resistance is an enormous problem throughout the world. It can also be difficult to study because health care providers are private with specific information about it. In a rare opportunity to collaborate with a health care provider, Dignity Health Mercy Medical Center has provided us with antibiotic resistant hospital isolates and patient data for the past five years. With those data in hand, we are performing rigorous studies of old assumptions about the antibiotic resistance situations and are finding surprising results, causing us to reassess how the problem of antibiotic resistance should be handled.
Barlow has studied antibiotic resistance for 20 years because it is an excellent model of evolution in action and a serious threat to human health. Her groundbreaking work in this area has earned her widespread international press, the Siemens Young Investigator Award, a World Technology Network Award, and the opportunity to share her findings with government agencies, think-tank groups, academic peers and lobbying groups. Her research has provided widely used experimental and analytic models for the study of evolving bacteria, cancer and phylogenetics by numerous researchers throughout the world.