July 17, 2017
In order for antibiotics to be effective, they must penetrate bacteria in order to kill them. In order to do this, they use tiny, nanoscale pores and ducts. However, these transport pathways often remain closed to these antibiotic molecules – all systems are on stop. Around 130 scientists from throughout the world are discussing transport mechanisms in biological and artificial pores at Jacobs University until Friday.
Three groups of scientists are represented at the conference: theoreticians who, by means of simulations, try to understand the molecular details of the transport, antibiotic researchers who research biological pores and scientists who work with artificial pores and how they can be used in DNA sequencing. “Together, we want to explore ways of how to better understand molecular transport through nanopores and ducts” says Prof. Ulrich Kleinekathöfer from Jacobs University as do Prof. Mathias Winterhalter also from Jacobs University, as well as Prof. Meni Wanunu from the Northeastern University in Boston, USA, one of the conference organizers.
The one-week conference is financed by the German foundation, Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Stiftung.
Besides recognized experts, many young scientists are also taking part in the conference.
Questions will be answered by:
Prof. Ulrich Kleinekathöfer | Professor of Theoretical Physics
u.kleinekathoefer [at] jacobs-university.de | Tel.: +49 421 200-3523