Scripps welcomed a special group of guests in March and treated them to a sunset lecture by the sea. Attendees left the event with a greater knowledge of how Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego scientists and students are researching ways to enrich human life and society – with a special focus on human health.
Chambers Hughes, assistant professor in the Scripps Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine, and Scripps Director Margaret Leinen introduced attendees to the discovery, synthesis, and chemical biology of several marine-derived bacterial natural products.
Given their potent anticancer and antibacterial properties, the compounds Hughes investigates have the potential to become powerful new therapies to treat a variety of human diseases. Hughes shared his personal scientific journey of exploring ocean sediments in the challenging search for new drugs from the sea.