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.

Northeastern researchers work to keep hospital-​​acquired staph infections in check

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.

Highway of dreams for microbiologists

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.

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.

Hey, bacteria are individuals too

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.