Advanced Water Management Centre

AWMC Seminar Program: Fight against the spread of antibiotic resistance in the water cycle

Dr Jianhua Guo

Antibiotics have saved millions of people’s lives, and were once considered a magic bullet selectively killing bacteria, without adversely affecting the human host. However, the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in clinical, veterinary, and agricultural settings is contributing to the end of the ‘antibiotic era’. Although antibiotic resistance is of major concern worldwide, the spread of antibiotic resistance in the water cycle has been largely overlooked so far. Our project aims to advance understanding on environmental dimension of antibiotic resistance, and to develop novel disinfection processes to fight against the spread of antibiotic resistance. This presentation will deliver our recent discoveries about contributions of environmental contaminants on antibiotic resistance, which has attracted more than 50 instances of media coverage by e.g., ABC News, Daily Mail, Courier Mail, Science Daily, etc. Moreover, personal experience about ‘3M’ experimental design strategy will be shared with PhD students.

AWMC hosts a free seminar every Friday at 9am in the AIBN Seminar Room.

Event Details
Date & Time: 
Friday, 08 March 2019
9am - 10am
Venue: AIBN Building 75, Level 1 Seminar Room

Event Contact: awmcseminars@awmc.uq.edu.au