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Host and Microbial Metabolism as Determinants of Antibiotic-induced Disruption in the Microbiome – Brown University’s Peter A. Belenky, PhD

Date: April 28, 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Zoom (Audience limited to Tufts Members and Affiliates; please contact CIMAR@tufts.edu for more details.)
Levy CIMAR Science Lunch

Please join us for this month’s Levy CIMAR Science Lunch, presented by Brown University’s Peter Belenky, PhD, an Assistant Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology whose work focuses on the responses of microbial communities and isolated microbes to external stress such as antimicrobial agents. Dr. Belenky’s talk is titled, “Host and Microbial Metabolism as Determinants of Antibiotic-induced Disruption in the Microbiome.”

The Belenky Lab’s research is particularly pressing because unlike at any other time in human history, we are currently exposed to a wide array of natural and artificial antimicrobial agents in the form of antibiotics, chemical disinfectants, chemotherapeutic agents and other stressors. Understanding how these extracellular stressors affect our microbiome will provide critical biological insight into the development of dysbiosis, disease, and antibiotic resistance. Relying on recent advances in high-throughput DNA and RNA sequencing the lab looks at the effects of antimicrobial agents on these highly complex microbial communities to identify microbial mechanisms that lead to improved antimicrobial tolerance and the development of resistance. Learn more about the Belenky Lab’s work here.