Professor Gregory Cook is a microbiologist at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Otago School of Medical Sciences.
His research is focused on developing bacterial metabolism and energetics as drug targets to combat bacterial pathogens and environmental microorganisms that contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. The goal of this research is to produce a new class of antibiotics – termed metabiotics that specifically target the metabolism of microorganisms. This research includes bacteriology, biochemistry, protein purification and crystallography, PC3 laboratory experiments, molecular biology and genetics.
On Thursday 16 October 2014 he presented this lecture on whether targeting bacterial energetics to fight drug-resistant pathogens represents the next golden age of antimicrobial discovery.