Elizabeth Oaks

Elizabeth OaksA comparison of the Antibiotic Resistance of Staphylococcus on the hands of College Age Students and Daycare Students

Staphylococcus, a bacteria that naturally lives on the skin, is being collected off the hands of college age students, ages 18-22 and daycare students, ages 3-5.  Each individual’s bacteria is then used to determine its resistance to ten antibiotics of widely ranging modes of action. Enterobacterial Repetitive Intergenic Consensus PCR (ERIC-PCR) will be used to determine the presence of multi drug-resistant strains.  College students and daycare students are of particular interest because they both live and play in close environments, and they are both known to increase the transmission of bacteria.  I intend to see how the two different environments and age affect antibiotic resistance.