Science Talks Podcast Episode 18: Pathogens of the female reproductive tract featuring Dr. Melissa Herbst-Kralovetz
Episode 18: Pathogens of the female reproductive tract
Dr. Melissa Herbst-Kralovetz discusses how bacteria influence female reproductive health.
Dr. Brittany Uhlorn, BIO5 Institute

Bacteria were among the first forms of life on earth, and while some strains cause infection or spoil food, others are essential to providing nutrients to plants, fermenting foods, and supporting our gut and reproductive health. Dr. Melissa Herbst-Kralovetz, associate professor of basic medical sciences, as well as obstetrics and gynecology at the College of Medicine – Phoenix, explains how the delicate balance between “good” and “bad” bacteria effect the health of the female reproductive tract. She shares how her research will ultimately help to develop better diagnostics, preventatives and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, gynecological cancer, and more. 

Dr. Herbst-Kralovetz’s recent publication: https://healthsciences.arizona.edu/newsroom/news-releases/2021/bacteria-are-key-vaginal-health-uarizona-health-sciences-researchers-say