Upcoming Seminars

All seminars begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Collins Building, room 2-178 (auditorium).

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Antibiotic tolerance and other barriers to effective treatment of bacterial infections

Sarah E. Rowe-Conlon, PhD 
Research Associate Professor, 
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
UNC-Chapel Hill

By the year 2050, more people are predicted to die from bacterial infections than cancer. Consequently, there is an urgent need to understand the precise nature of treatment failure and to develop novel strategies to combat these infections. Our research group studies an array of bacterial pathogens responsible for stubborn bacterial infections, including wound infections, liver abscesses and persistent bacteremia. Utilizing a combination of in vitro, tissue culture, and mouse infection models, we aim to unravel the underlying factors that impede antibiotic efficacy during infection.

Past Seminars

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Collaborations Pharmaceuticals, Inc: Artificial Intelligence in Drug Discovery, Consumer Products and Beyond

Aaron Oliver, MBA
Business Development Manager
Collaborations Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

This talk will include an introduction to Collaborations Pharmaceuticals, Inc., including our work and the people who make it possible. We will also discuss drug discovery - how it developed in the past and how it is done today. Finally, we will discuss the intersection of science and AI. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Application of biopolymers in soft electronics and as a plastic alternative

Mesbah Ahmed
Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
North Carolina State University

Biopolymers are simple macromolecules produced from natural sources such as plants, animals, and microorganisms. Over the past few years, there has been a significant interest surrounding biopolymers, owing to their biodegradability, renewability, biocompatibility, and promising applications in different sectors such as agriculture, food, medicine, and electronics. I will discuss the application of two natural biopolymers, agarose, and chitosan, in soft electronics and as a substitute for plastic. We incorporate these biopolymers as substrates for soft electronic devices, replacing traditional fossil fuel-derived materials. Additionally, we produce biocomposite films that offer promising alternatives to synthetic plastics such as polyethylene. We aim to develop sustainable, biodegradable, and eco-friendly products suitable for a wide range of applications.

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