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Accessing Cryptic Natural Product Biosynthetic Pathways

Through funding from NSERC, we have a number of student and postdoc projects that seek to develop new methods for the isolation of marine-derived microbes thus allowing access to new sources of natural products.  Further, this research program aims to develop new methods to induce natural product production in microbial fermentation and seeks to develop a new chemical tool to efficiently identify new natural products from large sets of complex mixtures.  Lastly, antimicrobial assays of relevance to veterinary medicine will be used to guide the isolation and characterization of new natural products.  Overall, this research program will develop research methods that will enhance the rate of discovery of new bioactive natural products.