Science on Tap Features New Approaches to Combat Infection

09.08.16
Science on Tap Features New Approaches to Combat Infection

The next ‘Science on Tap’ event will be held on Tuesday, September 13th at 6pm at Howard’s on Main in Uptown Greenwood. Science on Tap is a community lecture series designed to share some of the scientific advances happening in the Greenwood area.

The September 13th event will feature Anna Blenda, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology at Erskine College. Dr. Blenda will discuss ‘Wolves in Sheeps’ Clothing: How the human body protects itself from bacterial imposters.’ The presentation will be followed by time for discussion and questions.
“Some of the bacteria that enter our bodies cover themselves with structures that resemble the human host,” said Blenda. “In this way these bacteria can hide themselves from being detected and attacked by human antibodies.” Dr. Blenda will discuss a recent discovery that could serve as a new form of antibiotic therapy to combat this problem.

Science on Tap is an initiative started and organized by the Greenwood Genetic Center. “This program originated as a way for local scientists to share their work in an informal and accessible way with the broader Greenwood community,” said Leta Tribble, Director of Education at the Greenwood Genetic Center. “Scientists and non-scientists alike are invited for a fun and engaging look into the research happening right here in our area.”

The public is invited, and the event is free to attend. For more information contact GGC’s Division of Education at 864-388-1801.

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