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How oxygen-intolerant microbes navigate an oxygen-filled world

Despite living in an oxygen-filled world, oxygen-intolerant bacteria are abundant within us and around us: in the human microbiome, the soil, and marine environments. Whitehead Fellow Lindsey Backman will discuss her lab’s mission to determine molecular tactics that enable bacteria to cope with varying levels of oxygen and oxidative stress. And she’ll explain how studying these protective mechanisms could lead to the design of new antibiotics and effective methods of engineering probiotics.

Lindsey Backman
Valhalla Fellow, Whitehead Institute

Tobiloba Oni, Member, Whitehead Institute
Valhalla Fellow, Whitehead Institute