Sir David Hopwood – ‘designer’ of antibiotics

Professor Sir David Hopwood, a British geneticist and microbiologist, is helping combat the problem of increasing antibiotic resistance by genetically engineering bacteria to produce novel, ‘designer’ antibiotics.

5614218718_b9b13562b5_oEver since the discovery of penicillin in 1928, antibiotics have been one of the most widely used groups of drugs, and this has led to increasing antibiotic resistance.

After graduating in botany from St John’s College, Cambridge in 1954, Hopwood chose to do a PhD in the Botany School at Cambridge in the field of microbial genetics, focusing on a group of soil bacteria called Streptomyces. Read more

The article was published on Society of Biology Blog, 25 July 2014.