[The Svedberg seminar] – Protein engineering for functional hybrids and biomaterials: applications in biomedicine and technology
March 20, 2023 @ 15:15 – 16:15 CET
Prof. Aitziber Cortajarena
Research Professor Scientific Director
Center for Cooperative Research in Biomaterials (CIC biomaGUNE) Spain
Prof. Aitziber Cortajarena earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Universidad del País Vasco in 2002. Then, she worked on protein design in the group of Dr. Lynne Regan at Yale University, USA, as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Associate Research Scientist. She joined IMDEA Nanociencia in 2010 and started her independent research in nanobiotechnology. In 2016, she joined CIC biomaGUNE as Ikerbasque Research Professor. Currently, she leads the Biomolecular Nanotechnology group and is Scientific Director at CIC biomaGUNE.
Her research focuses on protein engineering toward the generation of functional nanostructures and bioinspired materials for applications in nanobiotechnology and nanomedicine.
Protein engineering for functional hybrids and biomaterials: applications in biomedicine and technology
Proteins are the most versatile biological building blocks, composed of smaller units called amino acids, which offer a rich chemisty. The diverse 3D structures of proteins translate into a wide range of functionalities, making them ideal candidates for use as building blocks in tailored nanofabrication and the creation of novel protein-based functional composites and biomaterials.
In our group, we aim to leverage the potential of engineered proteins as building blocks for the generation of functional nanostructures and bioinspired materials for a wide range of applications in technology and biomedicine. Our goal is to create versatile platforms based on simple protein building blocks, which can be used to fabricate a variety of protein-based functional composites and biomaterials.
To demonstrate the potential of these engineered protein-based systems, several examples will be shown, including their use in catalysis, bioelectronics, biosensing, and for the treatment and diagnosis of diseases.
Host: Antonietta Parracino email@example.com, UU