The marriage of two innovative technologies—one developed by Northeastern’s Slava Epstein—could accelerate both the discovery of new antibiotics that kill pathogens without encountering resistance and the diagnosis of specific pathogens causing disease, which would enable fast, targeted treatments.
A team led by University Distinguished Professor of Biology Kim Lewis received a five-year, $9 million grant from the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to launch a novel platform for developing antibiotics that kill pathogens without encountering resistance.
ICYMI: Reports of the arrival in the U.S. of a new superbug that is resistant to an antibiotic of last resort have set off alarm bells among public health officials. Northeastern professor Kim Lewis explains the new superbug, how worried we should be, and how it might be stopped.
The most powerful and valuable experiences Yunrong Chai has had as a biology professor and researcher have come from unexpected occurrences in the laboratory. The path to success is a difficult one. He says the field of study is still heavily focused on observation-based research. That’s why the unexpected is so important.
Born from soil, the novel compound made possible by Northeastern researchers’ pioneering work is making headlines around the world.
In recent years, a body of publications in the microbiology field has challenged all previous knowledge of how antibiotics kill bacteria.