Objectives of the project:
Antibiotics have been an essential part of healthcare since the early 20th century and has been effectively used for the prevention and treatment of infectious disease. However, the extensive and indiscriminate use of broad spectrum antibiotics has led to the rise in antibiotic resistance strains of bacteria. The threat posed by super bugs or multidrug resistant bacteria are real and is not only predicted to affect the developing nations but is a global threat leading to a 'post-antibiotic era'. This has led to several known antibiotics being ineffective to the pathogen causing the infection thus once-preventable disease becomes infectious again. It is imperative, now, to understand antibiotics, and their resistance profile before prescribing appropriate antibiotic rather than broad-spectrum. This is possible only is the antibiotic susceptibility tests (AST), in which the resistance level of bacteria to a drug is evaluated, are rapid, sensitive, cost-effective and quantitative.
Timeline and Budget:
Proposer Name & Designation:
Dr. Suhanya Duraiswamy, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering