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Public health faculty publish study on novel antimicrobials

| Enviromental & Occupational Health, Global Health, Monday Letter, Our Research

Jill Roberts, PhD

Jill Roberts, PhD

 

Azliyati Azizan, PhD

Azliyati Azizan, PhD

Dr. Azliyati Azizan, assistant professor of Global Health, and Dr. Jill Roberts, assistant professor of Environmental and Occupational Health, along with co-authors at Florida Hospital and the Institute of Microbiology and Virology in Kazakhstan published a study on novel antimicrobials. 

Despite the worldwide spread of multidrug resistant microorganisms, very few new antibiotics have entered the research pipeline.  They collaborated with researchers in Kazakhstan to utilize novel culture techniques to isolate Streptomyces from extreme environments.  The Streptomyces have historically produced the largest number of natural antibiotics and novel compounds produced from these extremophile Streptomyces have demonstrated antimicrobial activity.  This preliminary study found antagonistic activity against strains known to circulate in the United States and overseas. 

A link to the study can be found here: http://www.hoajonline.com/jptdr/2050-120X/2/14