UGA to host mini-symposium on antibiotic resistance on Friday | UGAnews

On Friday, Oct. 13, the University of Georgia’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will be holding their fall mini-symposium in the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center Auditorium.

The symposium begins at 9 a.m. with researchers from across the nation giving lectures about the microbe and antibiotic resistance. This will be followed by a poster session at 3 p.m. where UGA researchers will display their ongoing projects.

“This symposium in particular was suggested because the themes are really relevant in the field today,” said Peter Smith, a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Biochemistry and one of the organizers of the symposium.

Smith said there is a push among researchers to learn and develop safer ways to fight bacteria in the body.

“The microbiome is one of the hottest areas in the microbiology field and antibiotic resistance is tied into that in a lot of ways,” Smith said. “It is also one of the biggest pressing medical issues that our generation is going to have to face.”

The speakers for the symposium were chosen based on their achievement in the field and the relevance of their research to the theme.

Dr. Cathryn Nagler, a professor of immunology from the University of Chicago, will kick-off the morning with her lecture on regulation of allergic responses to food by commensal bacteria.

She will be followed by Dr. Claire de La Serre, assistant professor of foods and nutrition in UGA’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences. De La Serre will be speaking about her research with the relationship between microbiota in the body and its relation to diet.

Speakers will also include Dr. Guatam Dantas, an associate professor of pathology and immunology from Washington University in St. Louis, and Dr. Gerry Wright, a professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences from…

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