In this lecture, we complete the discussion of the periodic table and start to consider the types of bonds that are formed between elements. Chemist Kateryna Kozyrytska tells us about why the concept of electronegativity is important in the design of antibiotics.
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Bacteria can develop resistance to antibiotics, creating a need for current and future scientists to develop new types on antibiotics. Kateryna Kozyrytska discusses her research on proteins that catalyze a carbon-chlorine bond-forming reaction, and she describes how taking advantage of chlorine’s electronegativity may lead to new medications to fight bacteria and the other “bugs” that make us sick.
Kateryna Kozyrytska, a female biochemist born in Ukraine, describes how as a scientist she doesn’t have to choose between career and home-life like some of her peers back home, that there are examples, even at MIT, of women who have both.
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