July 30, 2019
“You don’t become an engineer overnight, or jump into a STEM career field overnight,” said Mauri-Myers Solages, Corporate Citizenship Manager for National Grid. “It takes access and opportunity to introduce these disciplines to young people.”
Now, as the Alda Center celebrates its 10th anniversary, it’s taking a vital step forward, once again, with collaborators at the Kavli Foundation by recognizing key areas for research and training to address the scientific community’s communications needs.
Ken Dill is Director of the Laufer Center for Physical & Quantitative Biology. Currently, he studies the physics of proteins, biological cells, and water. He develops methods in statistical physics and computational biology to learn more about cells and their processes in biology and in diseases. His work has led to insights about how the laws of physics constrain and enable the biological properties and evolution of cells. He is best known for his role with solving the "protein-folding" problem, the question of how a protein’s amino acid sequence dictates its three-dimensional atomic structure. Protein folding rules are offering practical applications in the development of pharmaceuticals and medical diagnostics.
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