Professor Les Baillie
Starts: 29 October 2014
Wednesday 29th October 2014
"From A to B, Anthrax to bees and some stuff in between"
Prof Baillie is an international expert on the bacterium Bacillus anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax and its illicit use as a bio-weapon. Since joining the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment at Porton Down in 1991 the development of therapeutics to combat the threat of anthrax has been a central strand of his research career which to date has seen two human anthrax vaccines enter clinical trials. Following a decade at Porton Down as the anthrax research group leader he moved to the US in 2002 where he established a Biodefense Medical Countermeasures Department for the U.S. Navy. The group focused on the development of rapid detection assays and therapeutics such as vaccines and human monoclonal antibodies targeted against a range of bio-threat agents. He returned to the UK in 2007 to join Cardiff University and currently leads a number of anthrax related projects funded by the UK and the US governments as well at the European Union and NATO. These projects range from characterising the human immune response to anthrax to underpin the development of next generation vaccines, novel therapeutics and diagnostics to the development of environmentally friendly spore decontamination approaches which could be used to clean up a site following a natural or illicit release. In recent years Prof Baillie has diversified his research interests to include the spore forming bacterial pathogen Clostridium difficile which is structurally similar to Bacillus anthracis and is currently the principal cause of hospital acquired infection in the UK. The group has also in recent years been working on the discovery of antibacterial compounds from natural sources such as tea, honey and beer.
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Paul Spencer Lecture Theatre, Redwood (2.60C)
2pm - Refreshments from 1:50pm (PSLT)
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