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Daptomycin Resistance and VRE: Mechanistic Insights

Session: Symposium: Resistance to Last Resource Antibiotics: Mechanisms and Clinical Implications
Friday, October 10, 2014: 11:00 AM
Room: The Pennsylvania Convention Center: 118-ABC
Cesar Arias, MD PhD, Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, University of Texas Medical School At Houston, Houston, TX

Cesar A. Arias is Associate Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Texas Medical School at Houston. In 1992, he completed an MD from Universidad El Bosque in Colombia, received an MSc in clinical microbiology from the University of London in 1996, and earned a PhD in molecular biology and microbial biochemistry from the University of Cambridge in 2000. He completed his residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in Infectious Diseases between the years of 2002 and 2008 from The University of Texas Medical School and The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Arias leads the University of Texas Medical School Laboratory for Antimicrobial Research, which is studying the clinical and molecular aspects of antibiotic resistance with emnphasis on Gram-positive pathogens, attempting to understand the complex mechanisms by which superbugs become resistant to antibiotics and then designing new strategies to fight them. He is also the founder and scientific director of the Molecular Genetics and Antimicrobial Resistance Unit at Universidad El Bosque in Bogota, Colombia. This research unit, created in 2000, has become a major surveillance center for resistance pathogens in Colombia. This collaborative work, derived from these two laboratories, has identified novel trends in antimicrobial resistance and has characterized the emergence of particular superbugs in the region. More recently, Dt Arias has become the founder and co-director of the International Center for Microbial Genomics at Universidad El Bosque, Colombia. The aim of this new center is to use bacterial genomics in the study of antimicrobial resistance Dr Arias has over 100 publications and has received numerous awards including the Wellcome Trust International Fellowship, K99/R00 NIH Pathway to Independence, ASM Young Investigator Award and Oswald Avery Award for Early Achievement from IDSA.



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