Antibiotic innovator

Erin Carlson, a professor of chemistry at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, currently focuses on how to use natural products derived from microorganisms as antibacterial agents. She has now been awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for her research into cataloging how old antibiotics work and identifying new antibacterial agents. “Antibiotic resistance is a huge threat to human health,” she says. “There have been some reports now that postulate that deaths in the United States from antimicrobial resistance will outpace cancer in our lifetime.”