Seminar-The evolutionary biology of antibiotic resistance

THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
presents a seminar by:
Dr. Craig MacLean
Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford
entitled:
The evolutionary biology of antibiotic resistance

Candidate for Faculty Position

Antibiotic resistance in pathogenic bacteria has emerged as a fundamental threat to human health. Research in my lab is focused on understanding the fundamental evolutionary processes that drive the spread and maintenance of resistance using an integrative approach that combines experimental evolution, mathematical modeling and genomics. My talk will focus on addressing three main questions that have important implications for predicting and preventing the spread of resistance:  (1) How does antibiotic resistance persist over the long term? (2) What are the genetic drivers of resistance evolution? (3) How does horizontal gene transfer drive evolutionary innovation? I will conclude by outlining key challenges for this field and by showing how it should be possible to bridge the gap between conceptual and clinical studies of resistance. 

Sponsored by:

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location:
Life Sciences Centre, LSC 3
2350 Health Sciences Mall
Hosted by
Dr. Robert Hancock