Awarded in 2016
Home Department: Bioengineering
Faculty Advisors: KC Huang (Bioengineering, Microbiology & Immunology) and Justin Sonnenburg (Microbiology & Immunology)
Research Title: A multiscale approach to antibiotic resistance in the gut
Research Description: The antibiotic resistance crisis poses a great threat to global health. For more efficacious treatments that maximize pathogen killing while minimizing resistance emergence, it is critical to understand the factors underlying antibiotic action in the body. Using the intestine as a model, Andrés will dissect the contribution of the environment to antibiotic susceptibility and resistance emergence in bacteria. Exploiting the power of imaging at different scales and high throughput growth measurements, he will study the effects of antibiotics on bacteria from single cells to multicellular communities in a host.