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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria: how serious a threat?

Abigail A. Salyers, professor of microbiology at the University of Illinois, will present the Orton K. Stark Distinguished Lecture in Microbiology at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in 116 Pearson Hall.

Her topic will be "Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria: How Serious Is the Threat?"

Salyers and her colleagues have contributed to the understanding of how human intestinal bacteria serve as reservoirs of antibiotic resistant genes. She is internationally recognized for her research on bacterial pathogenesis and has published more than 150 research papers and two textbooks in microbiology. Salyers also publishes and lectures on bioterrorism and genetically modified foods.

Salyers earned her doctorate in physics at George Washington University. She is the current president of the American Society for Microbiology. She serves as a reviewer of grants for the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Energy and has provided expert testimony on genetically modified plants and antibiotic use in agriculture for a variety of regulatory agencies in Europe and the United States.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is funded by the family, friends and former students of the late O.K. Stark, founding chair of the department of microbiology, and sponsored by the microbiology department.

Date Published: 03/07/2002
Volume: 21   Number: 28


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