Beyond CRISPR: Phage-Bacteria Interactions in the Wild

Friday, February 17, 2017: 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Room 302 (Hynes Convention Center)
Rotem Sorek, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Professor Sorek's research focuses on the discovery and characterization of novel biological systems in microbial genomes. He is interested in microbial warfare: how bacteria fight each other as part of their struggle for survival, and how they defend themselves against bacterial viruses (phages). Understanding this microbial "arms' race" can lead to discovery of novel antibiotics. The role of CRISPR as an antiviral microbial defence system in this context will be explored in this presentation.