Sponsored by UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School’s Graduate Education Advancement Board, the Impact Awards recognize graduate students whose research provides special benefits to the citizens of North Carolina. That impact can be basic as well as applied. It can have a direct impact on the citizens of North Carolina (and beyond) or a more indirect impact through new knowledge or insights gained, educational, economic, health, social and cultural, or environmental effects that will be derived from the research endeavor.
Eliza Peterson, doctoral student of Biochemistry & Biophysics, is currently working on "Improving the Success of Antibacterial Treatment of Infections" in the lab of Dr. Scott Singleton, Associate Professor of Pharmacy and Biochemistry and Biophysics. Eliza's work will guide additional screening efforts to discover novel inhibitors of RecA, EndA and possibly other bacterial targets that accelerate the evolution of antibiotic resistance. By understanding the interaction of properly designed inhibitors with enzymes that lead to bacterial antibiotic resistance, researchers can potentially develop new drugs to stop this significant threat to public health.