Dr. Danilel Czyz, PhD

Dr. Daniel Czyz (chysh) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Cell Science at the University of Florida. He received his PhD from Northwestern University and completed postdoctoral studies in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Chicago. At UF, Dr. Czyz developed and teaches two courses on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR): an online lecture and a laboratory section. Over 250 students complete his courses each semester. His research group utilizes various non-traditional approaches to battle AMR, including drug repurposing, bacteriophages, silver nanoparticles, and targeting the host to enhance the ability of phagocytic cells to scavenge and kill bacteria. The Czyz lab also employs C. elegans and tissue culture models to study the effect of bacteria on protein conformational diseases (PCDs). Antibiotics are the major contributor to AMR and gut dysbiosis, which is implicated in the pathogenesis of PCDs. Dr. Czyz served as the Vice-Chair (2020-2021) and Chair (2021-2022) of the NIAMRRE Advisory Council.