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Fighting back: antimicrobial resistant pathogens | Napier

Explore cutting edge NZ research that's creating new weapons in drug development and disease prevention in humans, plants and animals.

Celebrating 25 years of Marsden Funding Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden

Greg Cook’s research is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms used by bacteria to grow and thrive in extreme environments and withstand the effects of multiple stressors, including antimicrobials.

Marsden Funding has played a pivotal role in uncovering many of the fundamental aspects of this research leading to a new paradigm in antimicrobial development – the discovery and development of drugs that target the metabolism and energetics of bacteria. Not only has Greg's laboratory effectively translated this work to important infectious diseases in humans like tuberculosis, they have recently applied these discoveries to applications in the Agricultural sector including discovering new inhibitors for management of mastitis and greenhouse gas emissions in ruminant animals and soils.

In addition to his role as Microbiologist at the University of Otago, Greg has been widely recognised for his research and is a Fellow of the Royal Society New Zealand, James Cook Fellow, 8th Sir William Dunn Fellow (Cambridge), Deputy Director of the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiversity, and Chair-elect of the Gordon Research Conference on Bioenergetics. He has trained and mentored over 100 graduate students and junior scientists during his 20 years at the University of Otago.

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Professor Greg Cook

University of Otago, Department of Microbiology and Immunology


Royal Society Te Apārangi


Napier Conference Centre, Small Exhibition Hall 48 Marine Parade, Napier, Hawke's Bay 4110

6:30pm Thu 5 September, 2019 - 7:45pm Thu 5 September, 2019