Talk on Super Bugs and Super Drugs : Cape Town

Oct 04, 2016 No Comments by

Dr Marilize Le Roes-Hill will present a free public talk entitled ‘Super bugs and their super drugs – the unsung heroes found in our backyard’ on Wednesday, 19th October at 5pm at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Auditorium, Observatory Road, Observatory*

Abstract: Over the past few years, it has become clear that we may be entering a “post-antibiotic” era – one in which antibiotic-resistant bacteria would cause “incurable” diseases and result in an increased mortality rate. To counteract this, not only would we need to implement best practices when it comes to the use of antibiotics, but we would also need to find novel antibiotics to take the place of those no longer effective. Over the years, various natural products produced by microorganisms have kept antibiotic-resistant bacteria at bay, but we have now reached a point where even the “last resort” antibiotics are no longer effective. My talk will therefore focus on an amazing group of antibiotic-producing microorganisms – the actinobacteria – who they are, where they are found, and their potential role to help mankind move past or prevent this dreaded “post-antibiotic” era.

About the speaker: Dr Marilize Le Roes-Hill is the Head of the Biocatalysis and Technical Biology Research Group, Institute of Biomedical and Microbial Biotechnology at Cape Peninsula University of Technology.   She has a BSc degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry (University of Cape Town, UCT), a BSc (Hons) degree in Microbiology (UCT), and a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology (UCT). In 2006, she was appointed as a postdoctoral fellow within the Department of Chemical Engineering, UCT, under the mentorship of Prof. Stephanie Burton. In 2009, her research group joined the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). She completed her postdoctoral studies within the Biocatalysis and Technical Biology (BTB) Research Group in 2010 and in April 2011 became the Head of the BTB Research Group. Dr Le Roes-Hill’s interests are in actinobacteria and their secondary metabolites (antibiotics and antioxidants), actinobacterial oxidative enzymes and their application in biocatalysis and biotransformations, as well as the role of actinobacteria in the bioremediation and beneficiation of industrial wastes.

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*Directions to SAAO Auditorium : From the N2, turn off to the M57 – Liesbeek Parkway; turning in the direction of Cape Town and continue until the traffic lights with Hartleyvale (hockey and football) on your left. Turn right at traffic lights into Observatory Road, pass the River Club; the S A Astronomical Observatory is next on the left. Once through the security gates bear left following the SALT signs to the auditorium i.e. last building on the left (white with stoep & ramp).

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