The YOUNG INVESTIGATOR GRANT funds my project on
Distribution of antibiotic resistance genes in the environment: The role of mineral facilitated horizontal gene transfer
Abstract: Antibiotic resistance genes are propagated to most of our environments at a rate we did not predict. I find that minerals serve as unrecognised hotspots for propagation. Minerals can enhance the gene lifetime, transport them across environments and facilitate their transfer to bacteria. I aim to investigate these processes and build the necessary foundation for preventing further spread of antibiotic resistance in our environments.
With this grant I will start building my own group and labs at the National History Museum and join the Center for GeoGenetics.