Heather Hendrickson is a Phage Hunter and an Evolutionary Biologist.
In a world where bacteria are increasingly resistant to antibiotics and with that the potentially fatal consequences of being able to treat illness sucessfully; the discovery of novel Bacteriaphages, bacteria's million year old adversary, could assist wiht the development of therapies to control life threatening bacteria.
Heather is an evolutionary biologist today, but as a child she thought differently. Going to university changed her perspective and she now teaches and conducts her research in the microscopic realm.
Heather investigates bacterial genomes to understand how they evolve and exchange information, a process known as Horizontal Gene Transfer. She also hunts for novel Bacteriaphages to isolate and study; to assist with the continuing pursuit of finding alternative treatments to bacterial diseases.
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