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Global Network for Anti-Microbial Resistance and Infection Prevention

How do antibiotics get in and out of bacteria?

Published: 6 April 2017
Professor Syma Khalid (centre) at the 2016 NAMRIP summer conference

Bacteria are simple organisms with complex defence mechanisms. What can we learn from computer simulations? On 16 May, Syma Khalid, Professor of Computational Biophysics, University of Southampton will explain all, as part of the 'Pint of Science' event: 'Architecture with Atoms'.

NAMRIP member, Professor Khalid's research is focused on bacteria. In particular she is investigating our understanding of how molecules such as antibiotics can get in and out of bacteria. This is important given the alarming rate at which harmful bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics. Her research aims to work out how we can make antibiotics more effective. Using computational methods Professor Khalid illustrates her research. Put succinctly; she uses the laws of classical, Newtonian physics to perform calculations that predict how molecules interact with each other within bacterial membranes. These calculations allow her to make movies of the molecules, showing how they behave.

So watch the films and find out how the antibiotics are doing it by coming along to the 'Architecture with Atoms' 'Pint of Science' event. Everyone is welcome.

  • Date: 16 May 2017
  • Venue: The Ebb and Flow, 104 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DT
  • Time:  7.00 pm - 10.00 pm

  • Tickets: £4.00

  • Box Office: FOLLOW LINK

Pint of Science is a non-profit organisation that brings some of the most brilliant scientists to your local pub to discuss their latest research and findings with you. You don't need any prior knowledge, everything will be explained, and this is your chance to meet the people responsible for the future of science (and have a pint with them) and ask them questions. 


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