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It has often been argued that the use of antibiotics to treat bacterial infections has been the single most important contributor to increased longevity in industrialized societies since the beginning of the 20th century. However, antibiotic resistance in pathogenic bacteria has emerged as a serious threat to human health by increasing the mortality rates and economic costs associated with bacterial disease. The spread of antibiotic resistance represents a simple and elegant example of adaptation by natural selection, and research in our lab is focused on understanding the fundamental evolutionary processes that drive the spread and maintenance of antibiotic resistance.

On this website you can find out basic information on who we are and how we study resistance evolution. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding our work.

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A flare of antibiotic resistant bacteria (red) growing out from a colony (I. Frost)