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Engineering Professor Studying Antibiotic Resistance

Posted on | July 30, 2010 | Comments Off

Tao Yan headshot

Mānoa Assistant Professor Tao Yan was awarded a $120,000 grant from the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation for a two-year collaborative study with Israeli colleague Cytryn Eddie. The research project, which is titled Molecular Evolution of Antibiotic Resistance in Soil Exposed to Anthropogenic Factors, will investigate how human activities, such as irrigation with reused wastewaters, would affect the development of antibiotic resistance in soil and the consequences to human health.

“We are very pleased that, based on his qualifications and training, Yan has received this funding from an international source,” says C. S. Papacostas, professor and chair of CEE. “We need to clearly understand these otherwise unanticipated adverse effects on health as we look for ways to reduce our ecological footprint.”

The United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation is a grant-awarding institution established in 1972 to promote research cooperation between scientists from the two countries.

Read the news release.