If you missed this talk, you missed a great speaker! Paul Johnson is currently a faculty member at the University of North Georgia in the Department of Biology. He is a North Georgia College & State University alumni and earned his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Emory University. Dr. Johnson’s research interests involve inherited mechanisms of antibiotic resistance and their regulation and antibiotic tolerance.
When it comes to antibiotics impact on infectious disease, it often feels like the 20th century came in like a lion and left like a lamb. Early antibiotics were heralded as “magic bullet(s)” or “wonder drugs” but these “magic bullet(s)” or “wonder drugs” would find themselves almost sidelined by misuse, abuse, misunderstanding, complacency, and arrogance by the end of the 20th century. In this talk, Paul discussed what antibiotics actually are, what we have done wrong with them and our handling of infectious disease in the 20th and early 21st centuries, and whether this was an inevitable turn of events.