We can now number our genes, proteins and cells, and even see their individual shapes in motion. One of the greatest opportunities in biomedical research today is to understand how these various jigsaw bits fit together. Currently, however, says structural biologist Michael Overduin, we have little idea of what the individual jobs are of most proteins produced by our genes.
His work is to find this out, using powerful magnets and computers which scan the features of each protein and determines whether and how it can interact with membranes, proteins or small molecules.
Michael Overduin is Professor of Structural Biology art the University of Birmingham. His research team solves the three dimensional structures involved in cancer and infection the the Henry Wellcome Building for Biomolecular NMR Spectroscopy
This HWB•NMR is the UK’s largest NMR facility, providing academic and industrial users with open access to seven NMR spectrometers operating at 500-900 miilion hertz, four cryogenic probes and high throughput robots.
Michael is also the founder of Science Capital, a Birmingham-based organisation bringing together scientists with business experts, innovators and investors.