Cardiff University

Timothy Walsh

Speaker 2017 2017 Speaker Breakthrough Day

Timothy Walsh is the Professor of Medical Microbiology and Antibiotic Resistance at Cardiff University and one of the leading scientists into antibiotic-resistant bacteria. He led the discovery of the gene MCR-1 which helps bacteria in becoming resistant to an antibiotic called colistin. By continuously researching and monitoring the spread of new multi-resistant superbugs, he has also become one of the most prominent advocates of responsible antibiotic use. In the past years, there has been a growing awareness of the threat of an imminent “post-antibiotic era” in which common infections and surgeries could – once again – become fatally dangerous.

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