Dr. Adéla Melcrová helps to fight antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance was declared by the World Health Organizatinon as one of the top 10 threats to global health. Resistant bacteria were associated with almost 5 million deaths in a single year 2019. And these numbers go steeply up. Postdoctoral researcher at the Biomedical Engineering Department of the UMCG Adéla Melcrová works on reversing the resistance in already resistant bacteria.

Dr. Adéla Melcrová shares in her video how her unique approach led to a major discovery of a new antimicrobial target in bacteria that she published with her colleagues from University of Groningen and UiT Arctic University of Norway earlier this year (Melcrová et al. Nature Communications 14, 4038 (2023)). Adéla now continues her research at the UMCG working with bacteria samples taken from the clinics. She believes that we could use the newly discovered target in bacteria to reverse their resistance to already existing and approved antibiotics. Hopefully also her research will help to overcome the threat of antimicrobial resistance.

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