When our grandparents were young, there was no such thing as an antibiotic. Diseases like tuberculosis were invariably fatal. In the twentieth century, the fortuitous discoveries of penicillin from a mold and streptomycin from soil made a revolution in medicine. Today, we have even more powerful antibiotics, but also more powerful bugs evolving to outwit them. The large pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars seeking new antibiotics through trial and error searches. Now, at SLAC's X-ray source SSRL and other X-ray labs, we are learning to take the next step in drug discovery. With X-rays, we can see the structure of the proteins by which killer bugs do their damage. We can insert fragments of potential drugs and literally watch these grab the atoms by which the proteins act. And now, at SSRL, we can put this process into an assembly line to screen thousands of possible combinations of drug components. This lecture will describe these tools and the route they will give us to more powerful and effective medicines.
Public Lecture—Chasing Super Bugs with Smarter Drug Design
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. PST
Registration may be required.
Adults are required to bring a photo ID to enter the SLAC campus.
Please arrive early to join the event on time.
SLAC offers free parking in our visitor parking lot.
SLAC facilities meet American Disability Act requirements for accessibility. If you need assistance, please notify our security officers as you enter SLAC’s main gate, and they will direct you to a parking area and assist or escort you to the auditorium.
SLAC is located at 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, California, 94025. Please visit our Maps and directions page for driving directions.
If you have specific questions or concerns about attending a public lecture at SLAC, please contact us.