Seminar - Paul Jensen, Ph.D. - Boston College

Friday, February 20 at 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Seamans Center, 1505
103 South Capitol Street, Iowa City, Iowa

Antibiotic discovery with genome‐scale models Paul Jensen, Ph.D. Biology Department, Boston College   The rise of antibiotic resistance has ushered in the “post‐antibiotic” era, where we lack any drugs to treat some of the deadliest pathogens. Regaining the upper hand against drug‐resistant bacteria requires a rapid, low‐cost pipeline for discovering new antibiotics. Dr. Jensen will describe new methods for combining genome‐scale metabolic models and high‐throughput experiments to identify novel antibiotic therapies. Examples will include drug repurposing, combination screening, and strain‐specific drug targeting. Dr. Jensen is a postdoctoral fellow in the Boston College Biology Department. He received bachelor degrees in chemical and biomedical engineering at the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia, where he was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Dr. Jensen’s research combines computational and experimental techniques in systems and synthetic biology to combat infectious diseases.

Contact Info: Courtney Bork, courtney-bork@uiowa.edu, 319-335-5632