1746. Dissecting Superbug Interactions to Discover New Antibiotics
Session: Symposium: Cool Ways to Discover Antibiotics
Saturday, October 6, 2018: 11:20 AM
Room: N 25
Danielle Garsin, PhD, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX

Dr. Garsin is a professor in the McGovern Medical School Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Garsin came to UTHealth as an assistant professor in 2004 following a postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Harvard University and her B.S. in Biological Sciences at Cornell University. Dr. Garsin is at heart a bacterial geneticist, and this foundation supports her interests in bacterial pathogenesis, gene regulation, and host-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions. Her studies are centered on the biology of the human bacterial pathogen, Enterococcus faecalis. One NIH-funded research focus is on the post-initiation mechanisms of gene regulation in E. faecalis. Another is on the biology of reactive oxygen species in the immune response elicited in the model host Caenorhabditis elegans. Finally, Dr. Garsin has developed a new project studying the interactions between E. faecalis and the human fungal pathogen, Candida albicans. She and her collaborators discovered that the microbes inhibit each other’s virulence leading to the identification of compounds with potential for anti-infective therapeutic development. Dr. Garsin has received many commendations for excellence in research and education. She received an Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar Award in Global Infectious Disease and was a finalist for a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease. She was awarded a UT Young Investigator award and was a recipient of the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award multiple times. Dr. Garsin is currently an associate editor of PLOS Genetics, the minireview editor of mBio and a permanent member of the Prokaryotic Cell and Molecular Biology (PCMB) NIH review group.


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D. Garsin, None

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