A Story of Resistance: How Bacteria Are Threatening Our Healthcare System

  • Andrew Alexander, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Coach House, Green College, UBC

    Monday, January 15, 8-9 pm
    in the series
    Green College Resident Member's Series
  • Our ability to successfully treat bacterial infections has been one of the greatest achievements in medical science. Indeed, our success at treating bacterial infections has led to it being an integral part of many routine and exceptional medical interventions alike. However, the unparalleled success of antibiotic therapy led to its ubiquitous use, facilitating the development of antibiotic resistance and casting doubt on the effectiveness of antibiotics in the future. This talk will offer a brief history of bacterial resistance, before examining current challenges, areas of inquiry, and considering how we can avoid a post-antibiotic world.

    Andrew received an honours bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from the University of the Fraser Valley. His BSc thesis received the Dr Richard Playle Award for Outstanding BSc Thesis in Aquatic Toxicology for work on how bacteria can be used to clean up toxic chemical spills. He is currently pursuing a PhD in biochemistry at UBC. His PhD thesis focuses on gaining a molecular understanding of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) antibiotic resistance mechanisms. He has received a number of awards and currently holds the Vanier Scholarship, Killam Scholarship and Four-Year Fellowship. In his free time, he likes to read widely and get outside to hike, sail, bicycle, and ski.
  • Unless otherwise noted, all of our lectures are free to attend and do not require registration.


January 15th, 2018 from  8:00 PM to  9:00 PM
Coach House
6201 Cecil Green Park Rd
Green College, UBC
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
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