Drew joined the lab as an M.Sc. student in September 2017 after completing an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry at McMaster University. When he isn’t in the lab, you can find him working out at The Pulse, hanging out with friends, reading a captivating non-fiction book, or trying out new recipes.
Conjugation is the primary mechanism in which antibiotic resistance genes are horizontally transferred. While reducing the use of antibiotics is a popular approach to reduce the spread of these genes from selective pressures. This may not be entirely effective as the underlying conjugation frequency of these genes can happen at a significant rate in the absence of antibiotics. Drew's project focuses on developing a high throughput conjugation assay to screen for novel conjugation inhibitors. These compounds will help to limit antibiotic resistance acquired from conjugation and in turn prolong the effectiveness of antibiotics on the market.