Malacidins: a new class of antibiotics isolated from dirt


Bradley Hover of the Brady lab, recently reported in a Nature Microbiology article the discovery of a new class of calcium-dependent antibiotics isolated from soil samples. This new class, malacidins is reported to display activity against multidrug-resistant pathogens. The breakthrough discovery has been highlighted in Nature and was also feat... continue reading

Wired magazine article


The Brady lab as well as drugsfromdirt are being featured in this January 2018 Wired magazine edition. You can read all about it here. Have a look! The DFD Team continue reading

Enrolling interested teachers


The DFD program is interested to work with a school teacher or a college professor to develop a curriculum around this Citizen Science project. If you are a school teacher and interested in this, please reach out to us at We are looking forward to be working with you on this. A summer internship is available. The DFD team continue reading

We're back!


We are delighted to announce that the new version of the Drugs From Dirt website and program are now up and running. A new team has taken over the project. As the program resumes, and the analysis is conducted we will release the data as it comes. Stay tuned! The DFD Team continue reading

Bacterial natural product biosynthetic domain composition in soil correlates with changes in latitude on a continent-wide scale


The Rockefeller University laboratory of genetically encoded small molecules led by Dr. Sean Brady succesfully published another study in the prestigious scientific journal PNAS. The results of this study were also featured in an article by Andrea Du Toit in Nature Microbiology Reviews as a research highlight, as well as in the November 2017 TE... continue reading

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