Merchant Adventurers' Science Discovery Lecture
Professor Maggie Smith presents the 2016 Merchant Adventurers' Science Discovery Lecture.
Antibiotics are the foundations on which modern medicine is built. Bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics are becoming more frequent and increasingly treatments of infection fail due to these resistant bacteria. In 2014, the chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies called for antimicrobial resistant infections to be put on the national risk register along side climate change. Scientists, economists, healthcare workers, environmentalists, vets and farmers are seeking solutions to the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance. This lecture will focus on the search for new antibiotics and activities in this area being conducted at the University of York.
About the speaker
Maggie did her first degree in Leeds in Microbiology and Biochemistry. Her PhD was in Bristol on how antibiotics are taken into bacterial cells. She then embraced the gene cloning technologies during her post-doc years in Leeds and Glasgow, working on how genes are regulated. Her first post as a lecturer was at Stirling University, where she first started working with the antibiotic-producing bacteria, Streptomyces. She moved to Aberdeen and her research focused on phage-host interactions and how DNA is naturally moved around and rearranged within chromosomes. Now as Chair of Microbiology at the University of York, Maggie has a portfolio of research projects that range from antibiotic biosynthesis to antibiotic resistance.
Please note the change of speaker for this event from that originally advertised.