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New effort to battle antibiotic resistance rallies researchers throughout Harvard University
Date:10/13/2009

al and Translational Science Center, and a Schepens program to launch interdisciplinary research projects, for bringing this team together.

"We have been friends and collaborators on this important problem and also the new interdisciplinary and translational efforts on campus. Formalizing these relationships was a small and logical step that each of us embraced. We were lucky that all of the pieces fell into place so well," said Gilmore.

Working with molecular microbiologist Gilmore are: David Hooper, MD (Associate Chief of Infectious Diseases and Head of Infection Control, MGH and Professor of Medicine, HMS); Suzanne Walker, Ph.D. (Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, HMS); Eleftherios Mylonakis, MD, PhD (Assistant Professor of Medicine, HMS and Member, Infectious Diseases, MGH); and Frederick M. Ausubel, Ph.D., Professor of Genetics HMS, and Member, Molecular Biology, MGH).

Walker, Mylonakis and Ausubel will be taking different high-throughput approaches to screen libraries of compounds for possible new drugs. Gilmore, Hooper and Mylonakis will then test these compounds for their ability to clear an infection, and will also examine possible pathways for the development of resistance. These projects will additionally benefit from input from, Richard Losick, Ph.D. (Harvard College Professor and Maria Moors Cabot Professor of Biology), who will assist Gilmore on his subproject, as well as head an advisory panel.


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