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.

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.

Why bacteria are beautiful, and why we need them

Nobel lau­reate Sir Richard Roberts, recently appointed Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor in the Col­lege of Sci­ence, dis­cussed his love for bac­teria and their sym­biosis with people on Monday after­noon at his inau­gural lec­ture, after which he con­versed with Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun.

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Why so persistent?

Per­sis­tence — it’s what keeps us all sur­viving. If it weren’t for this lovely quality, we’d just give up and crawl under a rock some­where because it’s all just so […]

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Paper towels that pack a punch against bacteria

Of the three ways we can dry our hands after scrub­bing down, the paper towel method tends to be the most hygienic. When I asked chem­ical engi­neering pro­fessor and chair […]

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Sleuths solve one puzzle in the mystery of bacterial persistence

This after­noon, reading through Pro­fessor Kim Lewis’ soon to be pub­lished article in Cell Press (avail­able ahead of print here), I may have fan­cied myself some­thing of a pri­vate investigator […]