26 Sep 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Albany campus
Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatre

Presenter: Ted Baker

Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery and the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland

Throughout my scientific life I have been fascinated by the beautiful and complex structures of biology, especially those formed by proteins. The advent of genome sequencing, some 20 years ago, brought a vast array of new data, but also indicated how much is still unknown about the natural world. In this talk I will describe some of the unexpected findings, and potential new applications, that can come from exploring some of the “unknown” proteins encoded in genome sequences. By targeting genes for proteins predicted to be displayed on the outside surfaces of bacteria, we discovered bonds that form spontaneously when the host proteins fold up, and can now be used as a molecular “super-glue” to join proteins together for applications in biotechnology.


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