Speaker: Associate Professor Rietie Venter, Head of Microbiology, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, Sansom Institute for Health Research, University of South Australia
Title: Antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial drug discovery – 90 years since penicillin
Chair: Dr Nicky Thomas, Senior Research Fellow, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia, Basil Hetzel Institute, Level 1 BHI.
Speaker biography: Rietie is currently the Head of Microbiology in the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences at the University of South Australia. Her research focusses on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in pathogenic microbes which is one of the most serious threats in healthcare today. Her group works on projects aimed at detecting AMR in residential aged care facilities and understanding the factors that drive the rapid dissemination of antibiotic resistant organisms in these facilities. She is also heading an antimicrobial drug discovery program aimed at finding new therapeutics against drug resistant pathogens.
Rietie obtained her BSc(Hons) and Master’s degrees with distinction from the University of the Free State in South Africa before securing a scholarship to do a PhD in the UK. After completing her PhD at the University of Leeds in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, she moved to Cambridge, where she spent twelve years doing research on multi-drug transporters, first as a post-doc and later running her own research group as a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow in the Department of Pharmacology. Not content with moving continents once in a lifetime, she left the ancient buildings and immaculate college lawns of Cambridge for sun and sea in Australia after sixteen years in the UK.