Amyloid Crystallography: Zapping Miniscule Crystals with Powerful X-Rays to Understand Molecular Mishaps in Disease

Thursday, October 16, 2014: 10:20 AM
LACC 304A (Los Angeles Convention Center)
Rebecca Nelson, PhD , Institute for Genomics and Proteomics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Amyloids are formed when normal proteins aggregate, and are important causes of diseases like Alzheimer's disease and mad cow disease. X-ray crystallography is being used to discover the atomic structures of these proteins, to understand how aggregated form and how medical science can block or reverse the process.