Science for Humanity Series: Professor Miriam Barlow
March 19, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Science for Humanity Series - "Antibiotic Resistance in Merced"
Miriam Barlow, Professor of Molecular Cell Biology
Tuesday, March 19
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Antibiotic Resistance is an enormous problem throughout the world. It can also be difficult to study because health care providers are very private with specific information about antibiotic resistance. 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 we are finding surprising results that are causing us to reassess how the problem of antibiotic resistance should be handled.
About the Speaker
Miriam 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.