UA Science Café at SaddleBrooke TWO – '3-D Drug Design'
Presenter: Wolfgang Peti, Homer C. and Emily Davis Weed Endowed Professor, UA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Talk: "3-D Drug Design"
When we see an object we can likely understand it. Understanding a process is the first step to figuring out ways to manipulate a process, i.e., to increase its speed or bring it to a standstill. But how do we see things that our eyes cannot, such as a protein drug target? These proteins are 10-100 million times smaller than the smallest animal in the desert. Powerful microscopes cannot achieve the magnification needed to see these structures, so we need to use other techniques. Peti will introduce other technology such as X-ray diffraction and nuclear magnetic resonance, the scientific high-resolution nephew of MRIs. We leverage these technologies to visualize proteins to understand how to create drug treatments for cancer and diabetes.
UA Science Café at SaddleBrooke TWO series: "Mysteries Revealed: Understanding Chemistry"
We start this series with the history of how chemical sciences began and our how our fundamental understanding has led to everyday, modern advances and medical breakthroughs. Who knew that the invention of beer making would kick start a series of groundbreaking discoveries encompassing human and environmental health? A myriad of topics, ranging from the properties of snake venom to the chemical drivers of human behavior, will be explored. Join the conversation!
About Science Cafés: Science Cafés, presented by the UA College of Science, bring the community together with UA scientists and graduate students in a casual setting. You'll learn about the latest research being conducted, get to know the faces behind the science, and have opportunities to ask questions and deepen your understanding. We have four separate café series at five different locations around Tucson, each with their own themes for fascinating science discussions.