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CSM Murray Award 2022 Lecture Dr. Roger C. Levesque, Université Laval, Laval, Québec
Title: The crisis in antibiotic resistance and in bacterial virulence: Pseudomonas aeruginosa as a model system
Summary: The year 2020 marked the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 whole genome sequence (WGS). The PAO1 WGS coupled to bacterial genetics has been a driver for studies on virulence, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and major microbial OMICS advances. We used P. aeruginosa to expand an animal model of chronic lung infection, and to road-test strategies for high throughput screening to identify genes for in vivo maintenance. We developed PCR-based signature-tagged mutagenesis (STM-PCR) and in vivo expression technology (IVET) pointing to key genes for in vivo virulence.