Professor Johnjoe McFadden is on the show today, he is Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Surrey. His principle field of research is in molecular genetics, particularly of microbes that cause infectious diseases and particularly antimicrobial resistance. Initially he did his PhD at Imperial College London and went on to work on human genetic diseases.
As well as studying infectious disease he has also been an advocate for Quantum Biology for nearly twenty years.
In 2014, he, with the physicist, Jim Al-Khalili wrote ‘Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology’, describing recent exciting discoveries of quantum mechanisms in photosynthesis, bird navigation, enzymes and maybe even consciousness.
Today we talk about:
- What causes resistant bacteria
- The ‘scary twin’ phenomenon
- What we can learn from multidrug resistant TB (MDRTB)
- Issues with the current use of antimicrobials and how we can reduce the burden
- How quantum biology relates to human consciousness