NU Ideas at the Lit & Phil | 6

Thursday 25th January | 6:00 pm

LIVE Lit & Phil Event | FREE


Image of a virus pathogen, sourced from Unsplashed

The sixth in our series of NU Ideas talks

Glowing bugs and costly drugs: the rise of antibiotic-resistant microorganisms
Dr Graeme Turnbull (Applied Sciences)
Graeme Turnbull  will discuss the issues surrounding the rise of antibiotic-resistant microbes and how we monitor their spread around the globe. From their evolution, to detection in the clinic, to their travel around the globe, and to what this means for future health, this talk aims to enlighten and inform an audience of the science-curious.

Understanding how viruses change: lessons from the pandemic
Dr Matthew Bashton (Applied Sciences)
Throughout the pandemic we often heard of news about new variants of SARS-CoV-2 the virus that causes COVID-19. How do we find these variants, how do we track them and what do they mean? Throughout the pandemic response, one of the new paradigms that emerged was that of genomic surveillance. This is the idea that we can keep track of new and emerging infectious diseases via DNA sequencing as part of a preparedness effort.

My research enables actionable interventions and decision-making in this area through the use of software tools to understand these changes in viruses, and automatically prioritise and detect variants of concern out of tens or hundreds of thousands of samples. The reports produced enable policymakers to rapidly make public health decisions, minimising economic impact and preventing loss of life.


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