Event Title

Discovery of New Bacteria to Create New Antibiotics

Location

CoLab, OCB 100

Start Date

28-4-2017 1:00 PM

End Date

28-4-2017 2:45 PM

Document Type

Poster

Description

Antibiotics are used daily to fight bacterial infections and diseases. But they don’t last forever. Over time, using the same antibiotics to fight infection can lead to the bacteria to become able to resist the antibiotic. Sensitive bacteria are killed every time you take antibiotics. But resistant germs may be left to grow and multiply. It costs major money to put in research to find new antibiotics. Schools across the United States have partnered up with Small World Initiative (SWI) to give undergraduates the opportunity to help discover new antibiotics while learning at the same time. Johnson County Community College is one of the lucky schools that was given this opportunity. Having undergraduates do this research saves money and is also a good learning lesson for them. For this research project, soil samples were collected in hopes to find a new antibiotics produced from bacteria in the soil. Students then tested the soil in lab, looking for colonies that inhibited zones of inhibition. The bacteria was then tested against the ESKAPE pathogens. All potential candidates were sent off to Yale. None of my candidates showed zones of inhibition and tested negative to all the ESKAPE pathogens.

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The faculty supervisor on this project is Heather Seitz, Biology.

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Apr 28th, 1:00 PM Apr 28th, 2:45 PM

Discovery of New Bacteria to Create New Antibiotics

CoLab, OCB 100

Antibiotics are used daily to fight bacterial infections and diseases. But they don’t last forever. Over time, using the same antibiotics to fight infection can lead to the bacteria to become able to resist the antibiotic. Sensitive bacteria are killed every time you take antibiotics. But resistant germs may be left to grow and multiply. It costs major money to put in research to find new antibiotics. Schools across the United States have partnered up with Small World Initiative (SWI) to give undergraduates the opportunity to help discover new antibiotics while learning at the same time. Johnson County Community College is one of the lucky schools that was given this opportunity. Having undergraduates do this research saves money and is also a good learning lesson for them. For this research project, soil samples were collected in hopes to find a new antibiotics produced from bacteria in the soil. Students then tested the soil in lab, looking for colonies that inhibited zones of inhibition. The bacteria was then tested against the ESKAPE pathogens. All potential candidates were sent off to Yale. None of my candidates showed zones of inhibition and tested negative to all the ESKAPE pathogens.