Discovery and characterization of a new platform of drugs to address multi-drug resistance in pathogenic bacteria

The evolving resistance of pathogenic (bad) bacteria to antibiotics is already causing a large number of illnesses and deaths not only in Canada but throughout the world. Countries are calling desperately for new drugs to address these bacteria that are becoming untreatable by current drugs. Viotika Life Sciences has identified a new platform of drugs that may circumvent this resistance and save lives in the process. In this application, the company wants to partner with Mitacs to support two postdoctoral interns to test a variety of structural derivatives of their lead compound to determine which of the drugs they have synthesized is best to kill specific bacteria and which has the least side effects.

Craig Resch;Muntahi Mourin
Faculty Supervisor: 
Delfin Rodriguez-Leyva
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