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Frontiers in Biochemistry Seminar

Tuesday, February 20, 2024
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Gates Annex B122
Mechanisms and consequences of interbacterial warfare
Prof. Joseph D. Mougous, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Lynn M. and Michael D. Garvey Endowed Chair in Gastroenterology, Department of Microbiology, University of Washington,

Interbacterial antagonism is one of the most ancient and prolific biological processes on earth. Discovering the myriad mechanisms underlying this process and defining their physiological significance are primary focuses of my laboratory, and in this seminar I will highlight examples of our contributions in the area. This will include our discovery that the type VI secretion system mediates interbacterial antagonism via the delivery of a cocktail of mechanistically distinct toxins and our recent identification of a structurally novel antibacterial particle produced by Streptomyces and related Actinobacteria. Finally, my seminar will point toward a long-term goal of our work, which is to leverage our discoveries for biotechnological and therapeutic ends. 

For more information, please contact Kerry A. Gomez by email at [email protected].