This live streamed event will discuss emerging research relating to bacteriophage structure and mechanism of action, and their application in medical and industrial biotechnologies.
“Considering the threat of widely spread antibiotic resistance observed in human pathogens in recent years, phages in general should be of great interest to the public because of their bacteriocidal activity and the resulting potential for treatment of bacterial infections independently of antibiotics” comments Ms Henrike Zschach (Technical University of Denmark). Ms Zschach will talk about the use of genomic approaches to analyse therapeutic bacteriophages , including one of the most well known Georgian phage cocktails, the INTESTI cocktail.
While Professor Lindsay W. Black,( Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA) will discuss The phage T4 DNA and protein packaging machine which has high potential for use in gene therapy.
Professor Joana Azeredo,(Universidade do Minho, Portugal) will talk about the exploitation of phages and derived enzymes to control infectious biofilms, while Dr Stephen T. Abedon, (The Ohio State University, Mansfield, United States) will consider both the ecology and applied ecology of phage exploitation and/or eradication of biofilms, exploring in particular a combination of the population biological, physiological, genetical, and clinical susceptibility of biofilms to phages.
Other talks include
- The effect of phage on modifying the genome of Clostridium difficile (Prof Peter Mullany, UCL Eastman Dental Institute, UK),
- Bacteriophages application diversity after antibiotics resistance and green biology (Associate Professor Robert Armon, Technion, Israel),
- Exploiting Bacteriophage for rapid detection of Mycobacteria (Dr Catherine E.D. Rees, University of Nottingham,UK)
This meeting is aimed at those interested in the biology of bacteriophages and their applications in biotechnology.