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Associate Professor Karina K. Sand receive 9.9 mio DKK from VILLUM FONDEN

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.