Interactive Sessions - Kids' Tech University (KTU) at BGSU    
Dr. Hans WildschutteMarch 22, 2014
How can human health benefit from naturally occurring microbial fights?

An interactive session led by Dr. Hans Wildschutte

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green OH
Dr. Hans Wildschutte's Personal Website

Bacteria are small, single-celled microorganisms that thrive in most environments on earth. Bacteria have important functional roles in diverse environments, for example in natural dirt and aquatic ecosystems whose interactions can influence human health and disease. As such, we can utilize certain groups of these bacteria as model organisms in order to understand their fundamental interactions and consequences, with goals ultimately improve human well-being. Many disease-causing bacteria are now resistant to commonly used antibiotics, so finding new resources for antimicrobial compounds is important for the ability to treat and prevent bacterial infections. In the environment, certain wild bacteria produce antibiotic compounds that target nearby competitors, thus having a better likelihood to acquire nutrients, and in turn to survive. In the Wildschutte lab, we study the abilities of these bacteria to inhibit other organisms in order to identify new antimicrobial factors that can be used against pathogenic bacteria.

Dr. Hans Wildschutte is a microbial ecologist at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) with interests in understanding how populations of bacteria interact in nature. Prior to BGSU, Dr. Wildshcutte studied structure and function of bacterial groups in the coastal ocean at MIT. Currently, Dr. Wildschutte is investigating population dynamics of Lake Erie freshwater bacterial groups, in order to identify novel antimicrobial compounds that will lead to new antibiotic leads and discoveries.

March 2014 - Hands-On Exhibits
After the interactive session the students will be escorted by their parents to have lunch and then to the hands-on portion of the event. There the students will enjoy the experience of interacting with various exhibits from the Bowling Green State University community.