Life Sciences Seminar - Combating antimicrobial resistance in Neisseria gonorrohoeae

Combating antimicrobial resistance in Neisseria gonorrohoeae: Diagnostics, mechanisms, and evolution

Dr. Crista Wadsworth
Assistant Professor
Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, RIT

Abstract:
The causal agent of gonorrhea, Neisseria gonorrhoeae (a.k.a. the gonococcus), is an emerging threat to public health. Resistance to every antimicrobial that has been used to treat gonorrhea historically currently circulates within the gonococcal population. With only a few novel antimicrobials and combination therapies currently in development, and a rapidly rising incidence of infection, we face an imminent threat of untreatable gonorrhea. Combined approaches must be deployed to combat this growing menace such as: Deciphering the mechanistic bases of novel resistance mutations, illuminating the evolutionary history of resistance acquisition, and improving diagnostics at the point of care. In this talk, we will explore our novel research findings in each of these realms, and prospect upcoming and exciting future directions.

Intended Audience:
Beginners, undergraduates, graduates. Those with interest in the topic.


Contact
Elizabeth DiCesare



Event Snapshot
When and Where
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
1:00 PM-1:50 PM
Thomas Gosnell Hall
Room/Location:
3305
Who

Open to the Public

Interpreter Requested

No

Topics
faculty
health
research
science
STEM