School of Life Sciences
Antibiotics have been one of the most important medical discoveries to date, but they are increasingly at risk from antimicrobial resistant bacteria. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has rapidly increased in recent years and is global threat with resistance mechanisms spreading rapidly around the world.
As a part of my Master’s project, I was involved in the FAPIC project (Fast Assay for Pathogen Identification and Characterisation). The project is designed to test a new assay into the rapid detection of antimicrobial genes in an infectious sample. Rapid diagnosis of AMR pathogens is vital so that the correct antibiotics can be prescribed. Not only can diagnostic tools help with the appropriate use of antibiotics, it can also be used as a means of surveillance of AMR genes in the environment. As a part of the FAPIC project, I was looking into the specificity and sensitivity of the primers to validate them for the inclusion in the diagnostic tool.