Notre Dame Research Could Uncover Infection Mechanism

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(Image of Patricia Clark courtesy of the University of Notre Dame.) (Image of Patricia Clark courtesy of the University of Notre Dame.)

A University of Notre Dame researcher has been awarded a $1.1 million W.M. Keck Foundation grant designed to investigate the spread of deadly bacterial infections. The funding will support efforts to replicate in test tubes protein folding within cells, a complex process they hope to understand and find ways to stop.

Professor of Biochemistry Patricia Clark and colleagues including Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Masaru Kuno will work with other proteins and solid-state technology in an effort to study cellular folding mechanisms "in unprecedented detail." Clark says "this high level of innovation is necessary to break through the technical barriers that constrain our current understanding of protein folding."

You can connect to more about the grant and the research by clicking here.

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