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Kim Lewis

University Distinguished Professor of Biology, Director of Antimicrobial Discovery Center



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Northeastern receives $9M grant to fast track the discovery of new antibiotics

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.

December 23, 2014 - Kim Lewis, University Distinguished Professor and Director of the Antimicrobial Discovery Center in the College of Science, researches novel antibiotic treatments.

How serious is the threat posed by new ‘superbug’?

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. Last year, a team led by North­eastern pro­fessor Kim Lewis dis­cov­ered teixobactin, an antibi­otic that elim­i­nates bac­teria without encoun­tering any detectable resis­tance. We asked him to explain the new superbug, how wor­ried we should be, and how it might be stopped.


Researchers investigate four promising new treatments for Lyme disease

North­eastern researcher Kim Lewis and his team have launched an all-​​out effort to find a cure for Lyme dis­ease, which afflicts nearly 300,000 new people in the U.S. each year. Their efforts aim to bring relief to all patients, including those who suffer from a debil­i­tating chronic ver­sion of the disease.


Northeastern research the buzz of 2015

Ground­breaking sci­en­tific research pub­lished ear­lier this year by North­eastern researchers and their col­leagues topped the list of the 100 sci­en­tific arti­cles receiving the most media buzz and online atten­tion in 2015, according to the London-​​based com­pany Altmetric.


New research opens the door for treatment of relapsing bacterial infections

Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor Kim Lewis and his col­leagues match find­ings in the lab with ones from human sub­jects to advance cus­tomized antibi­otic treatments.

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Researchers’ discovery may explain difficulty in treating Lyme disease

A research team led by Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor Kim Lewis present in a new paper that they’ve iden­ti­fied drug-​​tolerant per­sister cells in the bac­terium that causes Lyme dis­ease. They also present a promising approach to poten­tially erad­i­cating this and other infections.

Kim Lewis

Groundbreaking Northeastern research sweeps the globe

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor Kim Lewis and his team’s pio­neering research pre­senting a new antibi­otic that kills pathogens without encoun­tering any detectable resis­tance has cap­tured head­lines world­wide and drawn wide­spread praise from the sci­en­tific community.

Kim Lewis

Northeastern research draws global attention

News out­lets world­wide and the sci­en­tific com­mu­nity have taken notice of new break­through research from North­eastern and col­lab­o­ra­tors in the U.S. and Europe that presents a new antibi­otic that elim­i­nates pathogens without encoun­tering any detectable resistance.

NovoBiotic Research Team

Newly discovered antibiotic kills pathogens without resistance

The dis­covery of this novel com­pound chal­lenges long-​​held sci­en­tific beliefs and holds great promise for treating an array of men­acing infec­tions, says North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor Kim Lewis.

Kim Lewis

What lights their fire

Four pro­fes­sors in the Col­lege of Sci­ence explained what drives their pas­sion for sci­ence and dis­covery at a campus event Thursday night.

What Lights My Fire

3Qs: A new path to curing chronic Lyme disease

Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Biology Kim Lewis is exploring alter­na­tive approaches to curing chronic Lyme dis­ease using his exper­tise in bac­te­rial cell persistence.

Kim Lewis

Researchers discover new treatment to cure the MRSA ‘superbug’

North­eastern biol­o­gists have devel­oped a method for treating intractable chronic infec­tions, which kill more than tens of thou­sands of Amer­i­cans each year.


Report shows Northeastern spinoffs help fuel economic growth

Three North­eastern spin­offs were high­lighted in a new report from The Sci­ence Coali­tion as exam­ples of how fed­er­ally funded uni­ver­sity research and the com­pa­nies cre­ated from that work can boosts the U.S. economy.

Vince Harris

Study: Antibiotics are unique assassins

In recent years, the notion that there is a single mech­a­nism by which antibi­otics wipe out bac­teria has per­me­ated the field of micro­bi­ology. Now, new research from pro­fessor Kim Lewis and his team ques­tions that hypothesis.

Kim Lewis

Biology researcher named academy fellow

Director of Northeastern’s Antimi­cro­bial Dis­covery Center elected to the Amer­ican Academy of Micro­bi­ology on the strength of his research achievements

Photo by Mary Knox Merrill.

Inaugural Academic Honors Convocation rewards excellence

Pres­i­dent Aoun calls stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff a “pow­erful force” for inno­v­a­tive research, aca­d­emic excel­lence and engage­ment on campus and across the world.

Academic Honors Convocation

Microbe research earns $1.3 million NIH grant

Biol­o­gist Kim Lewis hopes to grow pre­vi­ously uncul­ti­vat­able gut microor­gan­isms in the lab

NIH funds anti-​​tuberculosis research

Biology pro­fessor receives new grant to develop antibi­otics that can kill resis­tant tuber­cu­losis strains

Discovery on the path to new antibiotics

North­eastern research team iden­ti­fies, for the first time, a mech­a­nism that enables new forms of bac­teria to grow in lab

Breakthrough in tracking a cause of chronic infections

North­eastern researchers dis­cover a pro­tein that enables bac­teria to re-​​infect patients even after aggres­sive antibi­otic treatments

Northeastern professor granted $5.5 millionby NIH

North­eastern biol­o­gist to research how cer­tain bac­teria pop­u­la­tions sur­vive antibi­otic treatment

Indiana Jones-​​style professor explores frontiers of microbial science

Slava Epstein wouldn’t be mis­taken for Indiana Jones, but a few min­utes in his com­pany, exam­ining an Ama­zonian bow and arrow that reaches to his ceiling tiles, a stone axe […]

$2.7 million project to develop antibacterial therapy

Research aims to trans­late nat­u­rally occur­ring process in plants into human antibac­te­rial treat­ment for poten­tially fatal infection

Northeastern University Receives $100,000 Grand Challenges Exploration Grant for Innovative Global Health Research by Professor Kim Lewis

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity announced today that it has received a $100,000 Grand Chal­lenges Explo­rations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion. The grant will sup­port an inno­v­a­tive global health research […]

Northeastern University Postdoctoral Associate Receives Prestigious Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Boston, Mass. — Dr. Lawrence Mulcahy of North­eastern University’s Antimi­cro­bial Dis­covery Center and Depart­ment of Biology, has received an esteemed Post­doc­toral Fel­low­ship Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foun­da­tion, the leading […]

Northeastern University Professor Receives $1.4 MillionNIH Grant to Study Genetics of Resistant Bacteria

BOSTON – April 10, 2008 – Dr. Kim Lewis, Pro­fessor of Biology and Director of the Antimi­cro­bial Center at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, has been awarded a $1.4 mil­lion grant from the […]

Northeastern University Researchers Discover Groundbreaking Cultivation Technique

Sci­en­tists find inno­v­a­tive method for cul­ti­vating bac­teria Two North­eastern Uni­ver­sity researchers have dis­cov­ered a way to domes­ti­cate “stub­born” micro­bial species. The rev­o­lu­tionary method cap­i­tal­izes on their ear­lier tech­nology to grow […]

Gates Foundation Partners with Northeastern University to Fight Global TB Epidemic

Uni­ver­sity Research Team is One of 11 Grantees Sharing the $280 Mil­lion Fund North­eastern Uni­ver­sity announced today that Dr. Kim Lewis, Pro­fessor of Biology and Director of the Antimi­cro­bial Center, is […]

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