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Rnp A

RnpAOur laboratory is developing novel chemical classes of small molecule inhibitors of the RnpA protein that may represent a novel dual functional antimicrobial target.

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PBP4Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a global healthcare concern. Our lab is identifying and characterizing PBP4 specific small molecules, as these PBP4-inhibitors showed potential to restore β-lactam susceptibility against MRSA and inhibit recurrent bone infections.

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Luedemann Natural Product Discovery

Cell culturesWe have screened a library of over 2000 species of Geodermatophilus desert bacteria and identified five highly promising candidates that may produce novel antimicrobial molecules.

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Efflux Pumps

Efflux pumps and inhibitors of serum grown Acinetobacter baumanniiAcinetobacter baumannii are drug resistant in the presence of human conditions due to efficient efflux pumps that force the antibiotics out of the cell. Our lab is designing efflux pump inhibitors (EPIs) to restore susceptibility. 

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Combinatorial Antibiotic Therapy

Combinatorial Antibiotic TherapyTo combat the growing issue of bacterial resistance, we combine already FDA approved drugs and create highly synergistic combinations that exceed the efficacy of both the individual antibiotic and also traditional gold standard drugs.

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