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Establishing the RodA peptidoglycan polymerase as an antibiotic target. Image by Kaveh Emami; cover design by Samantha Whitham.

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RodA is a glycosyltransferase found in Bacillus subtilis; bacterial extracts may be able to target the peptidoglycan polymerase pathway and serve as an antibiotic.

Refers to "RodA as the missing glycosyltransferase in Bacillus subtilis and antibiotic discovery for the peptidoglycan polymerase pathway" by Emami et al.

Nature Microbiology 2: 16253 (2017)

Michael Chao

Project Manager, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

I first developed an interest in bacterial pathogenesis while at Cornell University. I then earned my PhD in Biomedical and Biological Sciences from Harvard University in Eric Rubin’s laboratory, studying cell wall remodelling in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. From 2012-2015, I continued my training as a postdoctoral fellow in Matthew Waldor’s lab at Harvard Medical School, investigating the role of DNA methylation on regulating fundamental cellular processes in Vibrio cholerae.