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Antibiotic Resistance Research Garners Grad Student Biotech Award

April 4, 2013

A study of antibiotic resistance in pathogenic bacteria that causes lethal infections has won biology grad student David Lin the Master's Level Award for outstanding research at the student colloquium, Southern California branch of the American Society for Microbiology.

"This award shows that I can contribute to the scientific community and that hard work and diligence pay off," said Lin of Pomona, whose research is titled "Overcoming Resistance to Clinically Important Aminoglycoside Antibiotics: Search for Inhibitors of Resistance Enzymes." Marcelo E. Tolmasky, professor of biological science and director of CSUF's Center for Applied Biotechnology Studies, is Lin's faculty mentor.

"Some bacteria become resistant to antibiotics by creating enzymes that can disable our antibiotics. I have been searching for ways to inhibit an enzyme that grants resistance to amikacin, a powerful antibiotic that was once used extensively to treat infections," explained Lin. "The ultimate goal of my research is to create a combination therapy where an inhibitor, coupled with amikacin, can overcome this resistance to amikacin."

Lin earned a bachelor's degree in biotechnology from University of California, Davis, in 2009 and plans to pursue a doctorate following completion of his master's degree at Cal State Fullerton.

"I hope to continue doing important and relevant research in the biomedical sciences," he said.

As a winner of the research poster competition, Lin received a fully paid trip, funded by bioMerieux Inc., to attend the May 18-21 American Society for Microbiology national conference in Denver. He will present his research on May 21 to the general meeting. Microbiologists from around the world attend the conference.


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