Tuesday, 31 August 2021
16:00 - 17:30 (EEST/UTC +3)/09:00 - 10:30 (EDT/ UTC -4)
In the first webinar of this year’s Autumn webinar series, we are taking a look into the science behind Resistomap’s antibiotic resistance monitoring service.
Together with Resistomap’s esteemed Scientific Advisor Prof. James Tiedje we will discuss the methods used for monitoring antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) and the different environments of interest. We will also take a look at some of the problematic ARGs and its prevalence in the environment. In addition, we will introduce Resistomap’s service to monitor ARGs from different types of environmental samples and a few examples of projects that we conducted with our customers. The presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion with questions from the audience.
University of Tokyo, Japan
National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE), Vietnam
Michigan State University, United States
James M. Tiedje is University Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, and of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, and is Director of the Center for Microbial Ecology at Michigan State University. He received his B.S. degree from Iowa State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University. His research focuses on microbial ecology, physiology and diversity, especially regarding the nitrogen cycle, biodegradation of environmental pollutants and use of molecular methods to understand microbial community structure and function. His group has discovered several microbes that biodegrade chlorinated pollutants and is using genomics to better understand microbial functions in their environment. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Applied and Environmental Microbiology and Editor of Microbial and Molecular Biology Reviews. He has over 500 refereed publications including seven in Science and Nature. He shared the 1992 Finley Prize from UNESCO for research contributions in microbiology of international significance, is Fellow of the AAAS (The American Association for the Advancement of Science), the American Academy of Microbiology, and the Soil Science Society of America, and is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He was President of the American Society for Microbiology and the International Society for Microbial Ecology.
Dr. Windi Muziasari has gained years of experience and the know-how to monitor antibiotic resistance from environmental samples such as wastewater, rivers, lakes, soils and manure using a high-throughput gene profiling during her PhD and PostDoc at the University of Helsinki. She wanted other researchers at universities, research institutions and hospitals to gain easy access to this technology and that was why she moved from academia to entrepreneurship by founding Resistomap in 2018. Resistomap is the first company in the world to commercialize antibiotic resistance monitoring service in the environment. Headquartered in Helsinki, Resistomap's mission is to mitigate the spread of antibiotic resistance by providing robust tools for monitoring. Resistomap combines the molecular genetics method and data science to provide a service for antibiotic resistance monitoring comprehensively and fast. Currently Resistomap has served over 90 projects from 24 countries.