Thursday, February 18, 2016

When Bugs Outsmart Drugs

The Effects of America's Antibiotic Obsession

An Illustrated Presentation by

Dr. William Wuest, Temple University

Lecture at 6:00 PM

The museum will be open prior to the lecture.

Please register here for this free event.

Top: Lantern slides of bacteria from the collection of the Wagner Free Institute of Science. 

Bottom: Home and Health; a household manual. Pacific Press Publishing Co., 1907.

Bacteria are everywhere. By sheer numbers, their cells outnumber human cells 10 to 1. The good news is that most bacteria are helpful; for instance, they allow us to digest delicious foods. But hype about a few disease-causing bacteria has fueled mass “germaphobia,” leading us to overuse antibacterial disinfectants to the point that some are failing. Is bacterial resistance a slippery slope? Just how effective is Lysol? What is the future of our relationship with bacteria? At this Weeknights at the Wagner talk, Temple University Chemistry professor Bill Wuest will discuss the future of microbiological and biochemical approaches to fighting bacteria and how examples from nature advance our understanding of the earth’s most numerous living organisms.


Since 2011, Dr. William Wuest has been an Assistant Professor at Temple University where his research focuses on the chemical biology of bacterial biofilms. He is also a member of the Molecular Therapeutics Division of Fox Chase Cancer Center and the Scientific Founder of NovaLyse BioSolutions. His awards include the NSF CAREER Award, the Young Investigator Award from the Center for Biofilm Engineering at Montana State University, the New Investigator Award from the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, and the Italia-Eire Foundation Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award from the College of Science and Technology at Temple University. Dr. Wuest received his B.S. in Chemistry/Business from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Temple, he was at Harvard Medical School as a Ruth Kirschstein-NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Professor Christopher T. Walsh.













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