Dr. Andrew Read: Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs

Dr. Andrew Read is Evan Pugh University Professor of Biology and Entomology and Eberly Professor in Biotechnology, and Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics.

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March 28, 2017, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM


The Village at Penn State, 260 Lion's Hill Road, State College, PA

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Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs

Antibiotic resistant microbes kill about 50,000 Americans each year and the number is rising. By 2050, they will have cost the global economy $100 trillion and be killing more people than cancer  -- if nothing is done.  Read will discuss the processes involved with the spread of these pathogens and what might be done to stop it. "There many ways to tackle the problem, but no magic bullets," Read says. "We have frittered those away."

Andrew Read

Andrew Read’s research group investigates the pathogen adaptation prompted by medical and public health measures, most obviously drug and insecticide resistance, and also the evolution of virulence, infectiousness and vaccine escape.

He is particularly interested in the question of how best to treat patients so as to minimize resistance evolution. Originally from New Zealand, Read did a D.Phil. in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Oxford.  He held various fellowships at Oxford and then at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, before becoming Chair of Natural History there, a Professorship established in 1767. He taught ecology, evolution, microbiology, and statistics.

Read has authored more than 200 peer-review papers, 30 book chapters and four edited volumes, and been elected to Fellowships from the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Institute of Advanced Studies, Berlin, the AAAS, the American Academy of Microbiology and The Royal Society.  In 2007, he moved to the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Pennsylvania State University, where he is Evan Pugh Professor in Biology and Entomology, Eberly Professor in Biotechnology, and Director of Penn State’s Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics.

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