Combating an alarming increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria that researchers fear will lead to a world health crisis is the subject of Hofstra’s next Science Night Live lecture: “Superbugs and Superdrugs: The Future of Antibiotics” on Wednesday, March 2, at 7 p.m.
Dr. Scott Lefurgy, assistant professor of chemistry, chronicles the early victories of penicillin to the current struggles against MRSA and the threat of CRE infections. His research focuses on understanding the structure of bacterial enzymes that cause resistance to antibiotics, so that drug designers can address this ever-changing public health threat.
According to Dr. Lefurgy, Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) has received a lot of attention worldwide recently, particularly from the World Health Organization (WHO), which declared a World Antibiotic Awareness Week last November. Government and medical organizations have compared AMR to climate change and terrorism in terms of the danger it poses to public health.
This lecture is free and open to the public. It will take place at The Helene Fortunoff Theater, located at Monroe Lecture Center, California Avenue, South Campus. For more information call the Hofstra Cultural Center, 516-463-5669.
The final installment in the Science Night Live series, “Hunting for Beneficial Microbes on Long Island,” presented by Javier Izquierdo, Hofstra assistant professor of biology, will take place on Wednesday, April 13, 7 p.m. The focus of this talk is on “locally grown” microbes used in biofuel production and agriculture that have been collected from various sources, from vineyard soils on the North Fork to sand dunes on the South Shore.