CSUB grad brings research to combat world health issues to campus

February 19, 2009
CONTACT:
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu
Combat World Health Issues Photo

California State University, Bakersfield is proud to welcome back alumnus Brandon McNaughton ('02, BS physics) who will share his work fighting the "superbug" and other bacterial infections in a public seminar series hosted by the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The seminar will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 4 p.m. in Science III, room 108.

After graduation from CSUB, McNaughton attended the University of Michigan where he earned his doctoral degree in applied physics. He is now a postdoctoral researcher at Michigan working in the field of nanotechnology. Last year McNaughton was recognized by the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation for a device he and his research colleague invented that is capable of detecting the presence and growth of bacteria faster than ever before. The detection allows quicker administration of appropriate antibiotics to hospital patients, who would have waited days instead of hours, for treatment.

McNaughton owns two patents from his research and is working on starting a company around the technological development in the next year.

McNaughton's appearance is part of a series funded by the National Science Foundation whose main purpose is to provide scholarships to science majors. For more information, contact Thomas Meyer (661) 654-2104.