Microbiologist Dr Nural Cokcetin is part of an all-star line-up at next week’s TEDxYouth@Sydney. She will talk about antibiotic-resistant superbugs and the sweet weapons we have to use against them.
Dr Cokcetin is a researcher at the ithree institute, in the UTS Faculty of Science, and her research focuses on the antimicrobial properties of honey. Her aim is to promote the use of honey as a topical treatment for skin infections and wounds, and to develop new treatments for infections caused by superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics.
She obtained her PhD from UNSW in 2015 where she investigated the effects of Australian honeys on the growth of the beneficial and potentially harmful bacteria in the human gut. She was one of the first researchers to show a positive impact on the beneficial populations. Her initial results prompted a human clinical trial, where she investigated the impacts of eating honey on gut health.
The theme for TEDxYouth@Sydney 2017 is “Shifting The Future” and includes talks and performances from almost 20 young people. This is the event’s fourth year, though its first in its new home at Sydney Town Hall.
Organisers describe it as “made by young people, for young people, but with the eyes and ears of the world in mind”. Topics range from science to business and global issues, all with a youth focus.
Dr Cokcetin is as passionate about doing research with positive impacts for society as she is about communicating her research to as broad an audience as possible. In June, she was runner-up in the international final of FameLab, judged at the annual Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK where she spoke about how eating honey can boost our gut health.
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