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Revolutionising Healthcare: Microbes and Designer Proteins

This event takes place on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The restrooms are fully accessible. Over 18s only.
Past event - 2024
14 May Doors 7pm
Event 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Bar50, 50 Blackfriars Street ,
Edinburgh EH1 1NE
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How can we be one step ahead of constantly mutating, infectious microbes? Could we use artificial intelligence to design proteins with new functionalities? How hard is it to produce protein-based drugs in the lab? Join us for an evening of fascinating talks on transforming healthcare!

Bacteria Wars: Attack and Defence Strategies in the Microbial World

Dr. Luke McNally (Chancellor's Fellow )
Embark on an intriguing journey into the world of microbial warfare. Explore the ancient arsenal of antimicrobials wielded by microbes in their battle for survival. Discover the evolutionary forces driving antimicrobial resistance and learn how understanding microbial attack and defence strategies can revolutionize infection treatments.

How to Create a Protein

Leonardo Castorina (PhD Student )
Proteins are the architects of life on Earth. They play essential roles in photosynthesis, DNA replication, virus detection, and make up materials like silk and wool. The astonishing diversity in protein functionality arises from just twenty building blocks called amino acids. These are combined in different orders and quantities to form sequences that fold into unique 3D structures, leading to functionality. Surprisingly, nature has tapped into only a fraction of potential protein shapes. In my research, I use AI to design and optimise proteins, and create unseen functionalities.

Fishing for Peptides

Dr Caroline Morris (Postdoctoral Research Associate)
Peptides are small chains made up of building blocks called amino acids. They are a valuable and important area of medicine, with over 100 approved for therapeutic or diagnostic use worldwide, such as insulin. Peptides are typically made by a synthetic process that generates unwanted byproducts which would contaminate any medicine. Current methods to clean them up are wasteful and not very green, so current research is trying to develop the technology to make this process more accessible and sustainable. Come along to find out how scientists are tackling this challenge by fishing out the byproducts!
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