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Jeroen J.L.M. Cornelissen: Assembly of Proteins into Cages and Tubes

When:Fr 09-12-2016 13:00 - 14:00

Protein cages are common structures in biology that can have profoundly different functional properties. The majority of these icosahedral organized particles is found in viruses, structures designed to hijack the molecular machinery of the host cell, while in a variety of bacteria these protein cages have organelle-like functions. In our group we aim to design and control the assembly of proteins into cages and tubes of well-defined dimensions, to use these e.g. as a nanoreactor and scaffold for functional materials. The novel properties introduced to these biological nanostructures combined with the enormous variety protein assemblies can form has led to the firm belief that new materials with interesting, chemical, physical and biological, properties are accessible.