Antibiotics: Discovery, Resistance, and Alternatives

Faculty from the School of Biological Sciences host researchers from Georgia Tech and nearby institutions, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who work on antibiotics. Discussions will cover discovery, resistance, and alternative strategies. The goal is to initiate broad exchange of ideas and approaches from various fields, including ecology/evolution, public health, molecular microbiology, and clinical medicine. 

The organizers are Sam Brown, Steve Diggle, Kristofer Wollein Waldetoft, and Marvin Whiteley. The College of Sciences has provided support for the meeting. 

The conference is free but registration is required. Register here.


1. Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Hospital and Society [ 8.00 – 9.15 am ]
8.00 am:  Sam Brown (Georgia Tech) – Welcome and opening remarks
8.15 am: Alison Laufer (CDC) – AMR and public health
8.45 am: Arlene Stecenko (Emory Hospital) – Antibiotic management of chronic infections

                             COFFEE BREAK [ 9.15 – 9.45 ]

2. Discovering Novel Antimicrobials [ 9.45 – 11.30 am ]
9.45 am: Jennifer Leeds (Novartis) – Challenges and opportunities in novel antibacterial discovery and development
10.30 am: Julia Kubanek (Georgia Tech) – Marine natural products as inspiration for antibiotic discovery
11.00 am: Cassandra Quave (Emory) – Ethnobotanical approach to anti-infective drug discovery

                             LUNCH BREAK [ 11.30 am – 12.30 pm]

3. Biology of AMR [ 12.30 – 2.00 pm ]
12.30 pm: Stephen Trent (UGA) – Outer membrane remodeling and antimicrobial resistance
1.00 pm: David Weiss (Emory) – Undetected resistance as a cause of antibiotic treatment failure
1.30 pm: Bruce Levin (Emory) – Antibiotics do more than select for resistance

                           TEA BREAK [ 2.00 – 2.30 pm ]

4. Alternative Therapeutic Strategies [ 2.30 – 4.00 pm]
2.30 pm: Joshua Weitz (Georgia Tech) – Immunophage synergy for curative treatment of respiratory infections
3.00 pm: Andrew Gewirtz (GSU) – C. difficile and replacement therapy
3.30 pm. Kristofer Wollein Waldetoft (Georgia Tech) – Preserving antibiotics with diagnostics and alternatives

5. Panel Discussion [4.15 – 5.00 pm]
5.00 pm. Stephen Diggle (Georgia Tech) – Concluding remarks

6. Posters in Atrium with Snacks and Drinks [ 5.15 – 6.00 pm ]


Event Details


  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Location: Room 1005, Engineered Biosystems Building, 950 Atlantic Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30332
Fee(s): None but registration is required

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