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.
Hospital-related staph infections are rampant, with hundreds of thousands being reported in the U.S. each year. Northeastern researcher Kim Lewis and his colleagues are at the forefront of developing new drugs to stop the trend.
University Distinguished Professor Kim Lewis and his colleagues match findings in the lab with ones from human subjects to advance customized antibiotic treatments.
The once 75-foot-high snow pile hovering over the Seaport District brings the issue of surface-water pollutants into plain view, says Northeastern associate professor Ferdi Hellweger.
A few years ago, biologists Slava Epstein and Yoshiteru Aoi fantasized about a device that would work like a highway lane closure to isolate pure bacterial samples from the environment. They teamed with assistant professor of chemical engineering Ed Goluch to make their dream a reality.
In the majority of his research, Northeastern associate professor of electrical and computer engineering Hossein Mosallaei tries to develop new materials that aren’t available in nature. But in some recent […]
University Distinguished Professor of Biology Kim Lewis is exploring alternative approaches to curing chronic Lyme disease using his expertise in bacterial cell persistence.
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.
A new type of cellular mechanism discovered by Northeastern researchers triggers bacterial biofilm formation.
Advances in observational technologies show that populations of bacterial cells are as diverse as any other species, but analytical tools have yet to evolve to study this individuality, says associate professor of civil and environmental engineering Ferdi Hellweger.
I hope you caught a glimpse of our interview with Betsy Hirsch on Tuesday on the impact of antibiotic resistant bacteria on national health. Bottom line: resistance is no good. […]
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a new report on the impact of antibiotic resistant bacteria on national health. We asked assistant professor Betsy Hirsch to explain its significance and what it means for the public.