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Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Second Faculty Mentor
With the ever-increasing presence of resistance to available medications new methods of combating infections must be discovered. This research focused on two different microorganisms, Enterococcus faecalis and Saccharomyces cerevisiae, with two different antimicrobials specific to their species, erythromycin and 3,5-dimethylpyrazole-2-methanol for each organism respectively. Using viable cell count, growth curve analysis, and different strains of resistance to the antibiotic in E. faecalis the effects of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) on the efficacy of the microbials was investigated in different species as well as in different mechanism models for resistance. Resistant strains of E. faecalis were collected from raw influent at the Oaks sewage treatment plant showing how relevant these microorganisms are for our population as well as how prevalent they are in the gastrointestinal tract of people.
Renninger, Chase J., "Effects of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Enterococcus faecalis in the Presence of Microbials" (2016). Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Summer Fellows. 5.