Wesley Loftie-Eaton

Wesley Loftie-Eaton

Postdoctoral researcher, Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST), University of Idaho, USA

Broad host range plasmids are central to the spread and persistence of antibiotic resistance within microbial communities. The research I am currently involved in is focused on the spread of multidrug resistance plasmids in complex microbial communities, the dynamics underlying the evolution of plasmid persistence in naïve bacterial hosts and the general molecular and evolutionary mechanisms by which plasmid host range evolves. In the long run understanding plasmid host range and its evolution may help us define effective strategies to combat the spread and persistence of antibiotic resistance.

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