Greg Weiss visits UP Biochemistry
8 August 2017
On 2 August 2017 the Department of Biochemistry was happy to host Prof. Greg Weiss from the Departments of Chemistry and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, University of California at Irvine (UCI), Irvine, CA, USA.
Greg presented a talk entitled, Making Enzymes Dance and Sing to a packed 200-seater auditorium. The audience represented a range of departments and included undergraduate and postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows and academics. Greg outlined his achievements in the use of nanophones to track conformational changes in individual enzymes during catalysis to allow the dynamics of such reactions to be investigated. He also explained how proteins can be refolded using shear forces and standing waves in a vortex fluid device. This process was popularized through his award of the IgNoble prize 2016 for "unboiling an egg".
Both faculty and students benefited greatly from the interaction with Greg Weiss and look forward to seeing him back in Pretoria regularly.
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