Bio-prospecting marine microbial diversity for new drugs and bioactives

Given the large diversity of microorganisms in the marine environment, it is likely that they harbour novel antibiotics as well as resistance against existing antibiotics. We explore this through a combined approach of culturing new microorganisms, high-throughput screening and functional genomic analysis of microbial communities. This research is particularly important in the light of “superbugs” that are resistant to most existing antibiotics and that cause substantial problems in the health systems. For more information contact Dr Suhelen Egan.