Darwin Keynote

Gram Microbiology

Hans Christian Gram was a Danish scientist who developed the gram bacteria stain that is used in classifying bacteria.

Tuesday 5 April 2011
Seminar begins at 4pm in S012
(cookies at 3:30)

”Superbugs Staphylococcus aureus: New Insights and Continued Challenges”

Dr. J..K. Jayaswal Dr. J..K. Jayaswal
Director of Biotechnology, Molecular, and Cellular Biology
Illinois State University

Dr. Jayaswal is a distinguished professor at Illinois State University. His primary research focuses on Staphylococcus aureus. Staphylococcus aureus is a medically important bacterium that has become a prominent pathogen in today's society. The presentation will be on the evolution of superbug S. aureus MRSA and VRSA and our current understanding of these bugs with respect to their impact on today society. The highlights of various ongoing projects in our laboratory such as characterization of VISA strain, mode of action of antibiotics Daptomycin and Telavancin, and role of copper as an antimicrobial agent, will be presented. The lecture will conclude with a few question and suggestions such as future of antibiotic resistance, what we should do to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance, and what if CA-MRSA continues to increase and becomes an MDR CA-MRSA.

To learn more about Dr. Jayaswal’s research visit her laboratory at http://www.bio.ilstu.edu/Jayaswal/

Past Speakers

2010, Dr. Hazel A. Barton

2009, Dr. Steven Blanke

2008, Dr. Greg Velicer