Bandyopadhyay wins poster competition at ECI Biochemical and Molecular Engineering Conference

July 21, 2015 - CEMS graduate student Arpan Bandyopadhyay won first place among 87 competitors in a student poster session at the Engineering Conferences International (ECI) Biochemical and Molecular Engineering Conference XIX in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. Bandyopadhyay's winning research poster, "A systems analysis of dual signaling control of conjugative drug resistance transfer in Enterococcus faecalis" explained that Enterococcus faecalis, a common causative agent of hospital-acquired infections, is resistant to many known antibiotics. Its ability to acquire and transfer resistance genes and virulence determinants through conjugative plasmids poses a serious therapeutic concern. Bandyopadhyay uses mathematic modeling and other experiments to gain a better understanding of the antibiotic resistance transfer and identify potentially vulnerable points to develop improved strategies to prevent and control enterococcal infections in patients. Bandyopadhyay works in Professor Wei-Shou Hu's research group.

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