2009

Standing Up to Superbugs

Dr. Dustin Loy ('09)
By day Dustin Loy is an associate professor in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. What he does outside of his day job is just as impressive. For the past few years, Loy has served as an ambassador for the Pew Trust's "Stand Up to Superbugs." This diverse group of individuals work to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria and prevent a return to the pre-antibiotic era when simple infections accounted for at least one-third of the country's deaths. "To me, the 'Stand Up to Superbugs' movement is about working to come up with One Health solutions to One Health problems," Loy said. "Antimicrobial resistance effects not only humans but animals, and involves the environment, wildlife, anywhere there is microbial life." His work has led to his selection for the Iowa State University Alumni Association's Outstanding Young Alumni Award.