Stochastic nature of bacterial eradication using antibiotics
Frequent antibiotic failure is a serious threat to public health. To cope with this threat, it is critical that we better understand population dynamics of bacteria exposed to antibiotics. In this talk, I will present our recent laboratory studies showing stochastic nature of bacterial eradication using antibiotics. Bactericidal drugs induce population fluctuations, leading to stochastic population dynamics. Consequently, bacterial clearance does not follow a deterministic course but is highly probabilistic. These population fluctuations may be manipulated to facilitate bacterial eradication.
This is a weekly series of informal talks given primarily by members of the soft condensed matter and statistical mechanics groups, but is also open to members of other groups and external visitors. The aim of the series is to promote discussion and learning of various topics at a level suitable to the broad background of the group. Everyone is welcome to attend..