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Jan
12
2021

CSB-CDB Joint Faculty Candidate Seminar, Anum Azam Glasgow, PhD, University Of California San Francisco

When: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Central

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Yael Meyer  

Group: Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

Category: Lectures & Meetings

Description:

Center for Synthetic Biology and Department for Cell & Developmental Biology Faculty Candidate Seminar

"Building Dynamic, Functional Proteins To Understand And Treat Disease"

Dr. Anum Azam Glasgow
Postdoctoral Researcher in Tanja Kortemme Lab,
Bioengineering Department
University Of California San Francisco

https://northwestern.zoom.us/j/97005216026
Meeting ID: 970 0521 6026
Password: please inquire with yael.mayer@northwestern.edu

Natural proteins have evolved to perform functions that enable life. These proteins can assemble into complexes, interact with other biomolecules, and undergo structural changes in response to perturbations. How can we engineer new proteins for sophisticated artificial functions in cells and tissues? In this talk, I will describe three ways that we can build new functions in proteins. First I’ll discuss the de novo design of a flexible, modular protein-based sense/response system. In this project, we computationally designed a new small molecule binding site in a protein-protein interface and linked small molecule detection to various outputs, such as fluorescence, luminescence, and cell survival. Next, I will share ongoing work to understand the signal transduction mechanism in a classic transcription factor, towards engineering new allosteric proteins. Finally, I will describe our recent project to combine computational and experimental protein engineering methods to rapidly build potent SARS-CoV-2 biotherapeutics. These projects lay the groundwork for a new approach in characterizing complex disease mechanisms and engineering powerful protein-based therapeutics.

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