Stephanie Healey | January 14, 2015
Renee Bouley, a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The fellowship will provide two years of funding for Bouley’s project, “Discovery of a new class of antibacterials that inhibits penicillin-binding proteins.”
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a pathogen that has developed a resistance to many commonly used antibiotics, such as penicillin and amoxicillin. MRSA has been identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a serious threat to public health in the United States, which needs prompt action to keep MRSA infections in check. There are several FDA-approved antibiotics that are currently used to treat MRSA infections; however; some strains of MRSA are beginning to develop resistance to these drugs. The emergence of these highly virulent strains emphasizes the urgent need for new antibiotics.
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