Structural View of Biology: Explorations of Molecular Structure and Function

Thursday, October 16, 2014: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
LACC 304A (Los Angeles Convention Center)
Stephen Burley, PhD, Director, Rutgers University

Description: This session will describe three aspects of research in structural and computational biology: how atomic structures of proteins are solved, how the Protein Data Bank has revolutionized the way researchers and students explore these structures, and how these structures are used to engineer new functions in proteins.

10:15 AM
Introductory Remarks
10:20 AM
Amyloid Crystallography: Zapping Miniscule Crystals with Powerful X-Rays to Understand Molecular Mishaps in Disease
Rebecca Nelson, PhD , Postdoctoral Researcher , University of California, Los Angeles
10:40 AM
Protein Data Bank: Enabling Open Access to Macromolecular Structures
Helen Berman, PhD , Distinguished Professor / Board of Governors Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology , Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
11:00 AM
Towards overcoming the deficiencies of recently evolved biodegradation enzymes
Nancy Hernandez, BA , Graduate Student , Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey