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James Herrick

JMU James HerrickTitle:

Genomic analysis of multi-drug antibiotic resistance encoded on mobile genetic elements in Virginia stream bacterial populations


Principal Investigator:

PI: Dr. James Herrick, Ph.D., Department of Biology, JMU

Co-PI: Dr. Stephen Turner, Ph.D., Public Health Sciences, UVA


This project proposes to sequence and analyze the plasmid genomes of bacteria collected from streams impacted by agricultural runoff to better understand the origins of bacterial multi-drug antibiotic resistance. As discusses below, pathogen antibiotic resistance is not only interesting from an ecological standpoint, but is a serious existential public health threat - "if we are not careful, we will soon be in a post-antibiotic era" remarked CDC director Tom Frieden in a September 2013 media briefing. This mini-grant will position both JMU and UVA to apply for federal NSF and/or NIH funding as well as future 4-VA scale-up funding to continue and expand the project. 

Awarded Funding:


$8,300 JMU

$9,856 UVA