On Campus | Alumni
Tuesday May 14, 2013
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering & Bioscience, Rm. 1128Phone:
(404) 894-6228 Email:
"Engineering the Form and Function of Virus-Like Particles"
M.G. Finn, PhD
Professor, School of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Viruses and virus-like particles are the largest scaffolds conveniently available to the molecular scientist with structures known to atomic resolution. They therefore represent unique tools with which to explore a variety of questions in nanoscience, biology, and materials research. Our work in recent years has focused on the particle derived from the bacteriophage Q-beta capsid as a model system. Methods for the chemical and genetic modification of the coat protein, its targeting to particular cell types, and its use in immunology and as a container for functional biological molecules will be described.
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