Combatting Bacterial Toxicity: Using Super Computing to Transform Health Services

Farzana Rahman, PHD Student

University of South Wales’ Genomics and Computational Biology researchers are using supercomputing to understand bacterial evolution to help transform the current state of antibiotic treatments.

With the recent rise in drug resistant infections, such as MRSA and tuberculosis, many scientists and doctors are now concerned about a potential antibiotic crisis. This research is aiming to predict drug resistance and help GPs to select the most appropriate antibiotics for their patients.

Researchers are using supercomputers to understand how generally harmless bacterial strains can evolve into toxic strains, such as E Coli 0157. 

The research project, supported by High Performance Computing (HPC) Wales, is working towards delivering these objectives. HPC Wales’ advanced technology has enabled the researchers to analyse vast amounts of data at incredible speeds, in this case reducing the data analytics time from days to hours.

Using state of the art supercomputing facilities, with cutting edge tools, University of South Wales researchers are working to understand the complex biological processes that occur in the smallest cells in living organisms. Scientists believe their research will contribute to the broader objective of personalised medicine and will save more lives from bacterial infections.

Video Case Study – please click here to view the video case study on this research project 

Video produced by the University of South Wales