Revenge of the microbes (Friday Evening Discourse)

7.50pm - 9.15pm, Friday 30 January

The Theatre

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  • Color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph showing Salmonella typhimurium (red) invading cultured human cells 

    Credit: Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID


Standard £17


Associate members £11


Free to Members, Faraday Members and Fellows

Event description

Bacteria are our ancient enemies, evolving ever more clever ways of outmanoeuvring our natural defences and scientific technologies. For millennia, a simple cut or cough could kill. With the development of antibiotics, it seemed we would reign supreme.

But now the bacteria are again gaining ground.

With antibiotic resistance on the rise, and the development of new drugs having stagnated for decades, we humans might be in a lot of trouble very soon. Why are bacteria so insidious, what tricks do they employ to get the upper hand, and what can we do to stop them? Join Dr Jenny Rohn to explore these questions.

This Discourse is now SOLD OUT. To be added to the waiting list, please go to our Eventbrite page.

About the speaker

Dr Jenny Rohn received a BA in Biology from Oberlin College, Ohio, where she developed an interest in viruses and cancer before moving to the University of Washington for her PhD research into the evolution of feline leukaemia virus.

After working as a researcher at Cancer Research UK and working in the biotechology industry in The Netherlands, Jenny gained a Wellcome Trust fellowship to study cell shape and architecture at University College London. She is now head of a cell biology lab where she studies how the cells of our body interact with invading bacteria.

Please note

If you haven't been before, please note that Friday Evening Discourses are traditional events that date back to 1825. With that in mind, many attendees like to wear smart evening dress, though this is not a requirement.

Find out more about the history of the Friday Evening Discourses on our blog.


This event will be filmed and availble to watch on the Ri Channel a few weeks after it has finished.

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