Tiny Earth: A Big Idea for STEM Education and Antibiotic Discovery
February 16, 2021
Amanda Hurley, Marc G. Chevrette, Deepa D. Acharya, Gabriel L. Lozano, Manuel Garavito, Jen Heinritz, Luis Balderrama, Mara Beebe, Martel L. DenHartog, Kamiyah Corinaldi, Renee Engels, Alyssa Gutierrez, Orli Jona, Josephine H. I. Putnam, Brody Rhodes, Tiffany Tsang, Simon Hernandez, Carol Bascom-Slack, Jessamina E. Blum, Paul A. Price, Debra Davis, Joanna Klein, Joshua Pultorak, Nora L. Sullivan, Nigel J. Mouncey, Pieter C. Dorrestein, Sarah Miller, Nichole A. Broderick, Jo Handelsman
mBio. 2021 Feb 16;12(1):e03432-20.
PMID: 33593964 | DOI: 10.1128/mBio.03432-20
The world faces two seemingly unrelated challenges-a shortfall in the STEM workforce and increasing antibiotic resistance among bacterial pathogens. We address these two challenges with Tiny Earth, an undergraduate research course that excites students about science and creates a pipeline for antibiotic discovery.