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Dr. Lois Pollack (from Cornell University), "Using Physics to Learn about Biology"

Date: 09/24/09
Time: 4-6:00 p.m.
Audience: Public
Sponsored By: School of Science and Engineering
Location: Coykendall Science Building Lounge and Auditorium
Contact: Dr. Julio Gonzalez, x3724, gonzalej@engr.newpaltz.edu

Proteins, RNA and DNA are the large molecules of life. Each of these macromolecules "folds" into a specific shape that is intimately connected to its biological function. Proper folding is critical to function, as misfolding can result in disease. Lois Pollack, Associate Professor of Applied & Engineering Physics at Cornell, runs an interdisciplinary research group whose goal is to expose the forces that drive these molecules to assume their biologically active shapes. She will discuss the benefits of applying tools of physics, like microfluidics and synchrotron radiation, to study these outstanding biological problems from a unique perspective.