Researchers working on obscure organisms can find themselves in a range of varied careers, including finding novel drugs to combat bacterial infections and cancer. In this symposium, Bonnie Bassler will discuss her work with bacteria and their remarkable ability to use chemical communication to take a census of their numbers, to recognize when they are alone or in groups, and to carry out collective behavior (a field known as ‘quorum sensing’). Quorum sensing-controlled processes include bioluminescence, virulence factor production, sporulation, and biofilm formation. We now know that quorum sensing plays a major role in pathogenicity and in light of this, her lab's recent work involves disrupting bacterial cell-cell communication in order to develop novel anti-microbial agents. Arturo Casadevall will then explore how drugs are often discovered from unexpected angles, including a potential therapy for human melanoma that stems from the study of fungal melanin, and how an anticancer therapy inspired the development of a new antimicrobial therapy based upon radioimmunotherapy.
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