Microorganisms have provided humankind with a vast array of natural products with invaluable applications in medicine and agriculture. The advent of widespread genome sequencing has shown that bacteria have the genetic potential to make many more of these compounds.
The research group of Dr. Andrew Truman uses a mixture of chemistry and genetics to elucidate biosynthetic pathways to known natural products and to “mine” into bacterial genomes to discover new natural products. This has enabled the discovery of pathways to multiple compounds with antibacterial and anticancer activities. An introduction to this topic and some interesting breakthroughs will be presented by Dr. Andrew Truman, Research Fellow at the John Innes Centre, UK, on Thursday June 27th at 5 pm.
UGent Campus Coupure (Coupure Links 653, 9000 Ghent), building E, room E2 or E3, depending on the number of attendees.
Registration is free, but mandatory.