Associate Professor Dr. En Huang is an expert on food safety and microbiology. Foodborne pathogens, which cause foodborne diseases in 1 out 6 Americans every year, pose a heavy burden to public health. Salmonella is the leading cause of foodborne disease outbreaks. Reducing Salmonella on broiler carcasses may constitute an effective control strategy to reduce human salmonellosis. The continuing emergence and rapid dissemination of antibiotic-resistant pathogens are becoming a major threat to public health. Infections caused by carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), were recognized as an urgent threat among patients. Dr. Huang’s lab discovered a novel antibiotic, paenipeptin, that showed potent activity against drug-resistant pathogens and biofilms. The results were published in Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, and Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.
Dr. Huang’s research was reported in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in 2022. You can read the article here.