‘Bugs,’ begone: Melissa Reynolds to discuss new treatments for infection

Melissa Reynolds holding metal organic framework crystals

Associate Professor Melissa Reynolds, Department of Chemistry and School of Biomedical Engineering.

Biomedical researchers think that in several decades, the No. 1 health care concern in the U.S. will not be cancer or cardiovascular disease – but infection.

This alarming outlook, and new approaches for early detection and effective treatment for bacterial infections, will be the subject of a free public lecture by Melissa Reynolds, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and a faculty member in the School of Biomedical Engineering. Reynolds, named a Colorado State University Monfort Professor in 2017, will deliver her Monfort Professor Lecture on April 11 at 4 p.m. in 308-310 Lory Student Center.

Reynolds, who also serves as associate dean for research in the College of Natural Sciences, leads a research group that integrates novel chemistries into medical devices for humans. Her lab develops biocompatible materials that show promise for medicinal-chemistry problems, including the body’s tendency to reject foreign materials.

For example, the Reynolds lab has developed a sensor designed as a treatment system to detect the presence of bacteria and release nitric oxide – a potent, naturally-occurring antimicrobial small molecule – to eradicate bacteria. At the same time, the lab aims to create new methods to accurately measure the effectiveness of antimicrobial treatments; determine critical drug dosages needed to achieve high-kill efficiencies; and design better antimicrobial materials for use in medical devices. The lab’s newest materials have resulted in some of the highest performing bacterial-resistant devices to date.

About Monfort Professors

The Monfort Professorship is among CSU’s highest honors. Established in 2002 through a gift from the Monfort Family Foundation, it awards $100,000 over two years to outstanding CSU faculty in support of their research and teaching. Monfort Professors typically deliver Monfort Professor Lectures each spring.