Matters Microbial #18: The Perfect Predator: Why Phage is Rage

November 30, 2023

Today Dr. Steffanie Strathdee, Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences at UC San Diego and Co-Director at the Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics, will chat with us about how bacteriophages—viruses that attack bacteria—changed her life and are becoming part of our future.

Host: Mark O. Martin

Guest: Steffanie Strathdee

Download MM#18 (35 MB .mp3, 48 min)
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  • A fun video about bacteriophages.
  • A pretty solid overview about bacteriophages.
  • An article about the history of bacteriophages.
  • An article about a truly prophetic  book—“Arrowsmith”— from 1925, by Sinclair Lewis, about using bacteriophages to fight disease.
  • A wonderful TED talk about the rise of antibiotic resistant pathogens by Maryn McKenna.
  • A nice overview of ESKAPE pathogens and antimicrobial resistance. 
  • A link to a recent talk given by Dr. Strathdee.
  • A link to Dr. Strathdee’s recent book, “The Perfect Predator.”
  • A super recent and quite wonderful review article about phage therapy by Dr. Strathdee.
  • The SEAPHAGES program (which I always wanted to be part of!!)
  • Ry Young’s laboratory website.
  • Dr. Strathdee’s faculty website.
  • Dr. Strathdee’s Wikipedia page!
  • A link to the website of the Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics (IPATH).  

Intro music is by Reber Clark

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