Taking Tea at 113th ASM Meeting

Touro Professor and Undergraduate Students Present Anti-Microbial Research at the 113th Annual American Society of Microbiology Conference in Denver, CO

July 10, 2013
Dr. Milton Schiffenbauer, Dr. Helene Ver Eecke, and NYSCAS and LAS students at the 113th General Meeting of the American Society of Microbiology Conference in Denver, Colorado.
Dr. Milton Schiffenbauer, Dr. Helene Ver Eecke, and NYSCAS and LAS students at the 113th General Meeting of the American Society of Microbiology Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Schiffenbauer has been conducting research with students on the antimicrobial effects of white tea since 2007 and has previously attended ASM conferences in Philadelphia (2009), San Diego, and New Orleans (2011).

The research details the effects of the PCS compound extracted from Camellia sinensis tea on bacteriophages, viruses that replicate inside of bacteria. Although these effects were demonstrated in bacterial cultures, and no clinical trials have yet been run, the team believes its findings “suggest that PCS may have positive implications in the inactivation of human pathogenic viruses.”

Eugenia Sava, Amer Alnaqeeb, Nataliia Polataiko, Sanchita Silwal, and Oleg Yefimenko from NYSCAS and Chemda Bernstein, Alan Gross, Refoel Levin, and Esther Saul from Lander College of the Arts and Sciences (LAS) were the students in attendance.  Additional Touro students participated in the research but were unable to attend the conference.