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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

Summary:

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

 

Deliverables: