Scheme: Newton International Fellowships
Organisation: University of Birmingham
Dates: Jan 2012-Jan 2014
Summary: Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is one of the great global challenges of the 21st century with more strains becoming resistant to drugs and few new drugs becoming available. The research focuses on how antibiotic resistance arises, and defining, and characterizing mechanisms of resistance that have a clinical relevance and analysis of plasmids that mediate their resistance. It also aims to understand how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, develop tools to identify and track novel resistance genes and or strains and use our knowledge to discover novel approaches to the treatment of bacterial infection. Also, investigation of how resistance genes in commensal flora contribute as a useful indicator of resistance genes in bacteria in the community. In view of high levels of bacteria resistance to antibiotics globally, there is also investigation of efficacy of some natural products (herbs/foods) as antimicrobial agents.