Monika Buczek

Monika Buczek

Senior Contributor Monika Buczek holds M.Phil. and Ph.D. Degrees in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the City University of New York Graduate Center. She studies bacterial cell division and the proteolytic regulation of division proteins. Monika is a lecturer in Human Biology, Molecular Biology and Microbiology at the City College of New York as well as the Executive Director of the multidisciplinary CCNY Science Alliance. You can connect with Monika on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Designer microbes are coming to the rescue of patients suffering from two debilitating disorders that have no cure: PKU and Crohn’s Disease.

Monday, 10 September 2018 10:49

Where Did Zika Go (and Will it Come Back)?

In 2016, stories of Zika filled news headlines, causing concern to mothers, travelers and anyone living in mosquito-inhabited areas. But in the last year, the (mosquito) buzz has significantly died down—is Zika still circulating? Is it causing birth defects or other disease? A bit of history can help us predict the future for this recent global threat.

As global plastic waste increases, science turns to specialized microbes to degrade previously non-degradable plastics.

Microbiome-based technologies: how to measure and manipulate our microbial cohabiitants and use that information to inform health decisions.

Cholera has long been a fatal disease, but it took the ingenuity of some truly remarkable scientists, Snow, Pacini, and Koch, to figure out the causes were dirty water, intestinal disease, and a microscopic curved bacterium called Vibrio.

What you should know about the microbes you interact with on the beach: some are good, and some downright terrifying.

A Nobel-winning antimalarial drug derived from a traditional Chinese herb can also help treat tuberculosis.

How does getting injected with live parasites sound to you? This World Immunization Week we explore a new vaccine that might just change your mind.

How is chocolate made? What gives this simple seed its unique and irresistible flavor? For that, we can thank microbes and the metabolic process of fermentation.

Going somewhere exotic? Travel vaccinations are more than just a prick in the arm. Learn what pesky pathogens you’re protecting yourself from next time you trot the globe

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