Transforming waste into new antibiotics

Research consortium:
prof. Jari Yli-Kauhaluoma (the PI, Faculty of Pharmacy, UH), prof. Merja Kontro (Department of Environmental Sciences, UH) and prof. Jouko Peltonen (Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, Åbo Akademi University)

Antimicrobial resistance constitutes a major global threat for public health and the associated costs are both economical and societal. Despite the recognized and urgent need for new antimicrobial compounds for clinical use, only two new classes of antibiotics have been brought to market in the last 30 years. The “uncultivable” microbial majority is regarded as our planet’s largest unexplored pool of biological and
chemical novelty.

The Chemical Microsystems group contributes to the development of microfluidic platforms that would facilitate isolation of microbes in waste water and sludge and cultivation in situ in their natural environment with the aim of exploring their antimicrobial potency.

More information on the overall project goals can be found here.


This project has received funding from the Academy of Finland’s funding scheme “BioFuture 2025” under grant agreement no. 307464.