Lucas Balis

Lucas Balis


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Academic Background

Antibiotic Synthesis in Streptomyces species is intimately coordinated with their complex developmental cycle. Antimicrobial biosynthesis is enabled by the presence of dedicated biosynthetic machinery, encoded within Biosynthetic Gene Clusters. It is now known that any individual species of Streptomyces (of which there are many) possess anywhere from around 5-40 BGCs. However, many of these remain silent or poorly expressed under laboratory conditions. 

I study Streptomyces bacteria at UEA as a Postgraduate (PhD) Researcher. Specifically, my project aims to determine the genetic regulators which globally coordinate antibiotic production with development. Moreover, it aims to explore any opportunity to exploit regulatory networks in order to discover novel antimicrobial compounds, more reliably.

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, University of East Anglia

1 Sep 20141 Jul 2018

Award Date: 1 Jul 2018