Hans Wildschutte examines a sample with graduate student Payel Chatterjee.
WILDSCHUTTE IDENTIFIES NATURAL WEAPONS AGAINST ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE
Dr. Hans Wildschutte, biology, has his eye on finding answers to the serious global issues of antibiotic resistance and novel drug discovery. The research in Wildschutte’s lab focuses on finding environmental bacteria that can kill one or multiple pathogens.
A paper, “Environmental Pseudomonads Inhibit Cystic Fibrosis Patient-Derived Pseudomonas aeruginosa,” recently accepted by the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, is another step toward that goal. The Pseudomonads findings are an important discovery in the battle against antibiotic resistance.
Wildschutte also ties his lab’s research into his undergraduate Introduction to Microbiology class that follows the Small World Initiative (SWI), which addresses antibiotic discovery through an innovative citizen science curriculum.