The Host

Dec 12


Silvia Caballero

Leader of the multidrug-resistant organism decolonization program, Vedanta Biosciences

The Host— After antibiotics: New approaches to fighting bacteria

Microbiologist Silvia Caballero (who was recently named one of MIT Technology Review’s Global Innovators Under 35) discusses antibiotic drug resistance and new approaches that are being developed to control bacterial infections.

Coolidge Corner Theatre Brookline, MA


Film Synopsis

After chemicals dumped into Seoul's Han River by careless American military personnel create a ravenous sewer-creature, a hapless vendor bands together with his family to save his daughter from its lair.

From the mind of South Korean master Bong Joon-ho (SNOWPIERCER, OKJA), THE HOST pays homage to classic monster movies of yore while adding its own offbeat sense of humor and a distinctly topical bent. After an American scientist orders 200 bottles of formaldehyde to be dumped into Seoul’s drainage system, city residents begin noticing a strange creature in the murky waters of the Han River. Eventually, this strange, amphibious creature begins attacking the citizenry. When his young daughter is abducted by the monster, comically inept but fiercely determined dad Gang-du (Song Kang-ho) must find the location of its sewer lair and rescue the little girl before it’s too late. Even as it addresses societal ills like pollution, the threat of pandemic, and government corruption, THE HOST remains a devilishly entertaining and wildly inventive thrill ride.

Photo courtesy of PHOTOFEST

About the Speaker

Dr. Silvia Caballero earned her undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Hunter College and doctorate degree from Weill Cornell Medical College in microbiology and immunology, where she developed microbiome-based tools to identify gut bacteria responsible for fighting off MDROs. In 2018, Dr. Caballero was named Pioneer of the Year for MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35 for Latin America.