Our research reveals the roles of proteins in molecular and cellular biology and how they can be used to treat diseases.
Taking advantage of proteins in product development
Proteins are nature’s workers. Their recipes are written in DNA and their functions span forming structures like muscles, carrying out chemical reactions, fighting infections, acting as chemical messengers and transporting smaller molecules.
Understanding and making use of proteins has many benefits, from cleaning up pesticides to designing drugs to treat infectious diseases.
Building a better picture of proteins
We research the structure, function and biochemical significance of proteins. We unravel their roles in molecular and cellular biology, how they are regulated and how they work.
The secondary structure of the enzyme AtzF which is shaped like Australia. A line of beta-sheets crosses the centre of the continent with alpha helices in the North West and South East corners.
In this structure beta-sheets are shown in magenta and alpha-helices in cyan. Loops are shown in pale pink. The amino-acids at the enzyme's active site are shown as blue sticks.
Our expertise spans:
- molecular and cellular biology – manipulating DNA to produce proteins
- protein and antibody engineering – designing proteins and antibodies for applications in human health and environmental management
- protein purification – producing proteins for applications like crystallography, to reveal protein structure
- fermentation – engineering bacteria such as E. coli to manufacture large quantities of proteins for research or large-scale production.
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