Microorganisms have a profound impact on human life, for better or for worse. When we get infected by pathogenic bacteria, we use antibiotics to kill them, however, this has caused the emergence of widespread antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which is predicted by the WHO to surpass cancer as cause of death by 2050.
Ditlev E. Brodersen is Professor of Structural Microbiology at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, Denmark and has studied molecular mechanisms in microbes for more than 20 years. He teaches biomolecular structure and function to 2nd year molecular biology and molecular medicine students.
In our lab, we study the molecular survival mechanisms that enable bacteria and other microorganisms to survive in the presence of antibiotics and other threats, such as bacteriophages and nutrient deprivation. Because we believe that only by understanding the details of bacterial survival will we be able to develop novel antibiotics in the future.