Sarah Ades is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She investigates the mechanisms bacteria use to adapt and survive under harsh conditions in the environment and during infection. Bacteria are arguably the most evolutionarily successful organisms on the planet, and this success is largely due to their remarkable ability to sense and respond to their surroundings. A major focus of Dr. Ades’s research is to identify key pathways that enable bacterial survival during infection and during antibiotic treatment. By understanding these survival strategies, we can develop better methods to exploit the systems and combat infectious disease. Dr. Ades is also very interested in how ethical analysis can inform the scientific process, facilitate communication of science to non-scientists, and inform public health and policy decisions related to the Life Sciences.