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CSB-CDB Joint Faculty Candidate Chalk Talk, Anum Azam Glasgow, PhD, University Of California San Francisco [copy]

When: Wednesday, January 13, 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


Center for Synthetic Biology and Department for Cell & Developmental Biology Faculty Candidate Presentation:

Chalk Talk

Dr. Anum Azam Glasgow
Postdoctoral Researcher in Tanja Kortemme Lab,
Bioengineering Department
University Of California San Francisco
Meeting ID: 970 0521 6026
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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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