Healed by a Crocodile: the Search for New Antibiotics by Monique van Hoek @ TEDxGeorgeMasonU

Posted: December 16, 2014 at 4:42 pm, Last Updated: December 16, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Published on Jun 10, 2013
Talk given at TEDxGeorgeMasonU, April 6th 2013.
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Dr. Monique van Hoek is a scientist in search of interesting and useful problems. Using her training in biochemistry (UVIC, BSc, 1990) and microbiology (UVA, PhD, 1997), combined with her experience in industry, she is currently seeking new approaches to antibiotics in the face of the impending crisis of antibiotic resistance. She has spent the last several years focused on bacterial biofilms, the “resistance cloaks” produced by many bacteria, and has developed several compounds that can disrupt these biofilms. This talk describes the current status of antibiotics, and how we can look to our reptile cousins for solutions to the rising problem.

TEDxGeorgeMasonU
Curator: Joe Renaud (@JoePRenaud).
Filming: GMU TV and Adam Scott.
Production Manager: Jessica Teaford (@jessicateaford).
TEDxGeorgeMasonU Team: Andrew Hawkins, Kathleen Wills, AZ Zeller, Brittny Steward, and Myurajan Rubaharan.
Major Sponsors: GMU Office of Student Scholarship, and GMU Office of the Provost.