The primary basic research interests of the group are: (A) the informational aspect of the protein-folding problem; that is, how does the sequence of a protein determine its active, three-dimensional structure or fold? And (B), how can we use this information to design completely new proteins from scratch? In addition, we design proteins for applications in synthetic biology and medicine.
We tackle these problems using the following multi-disciplinary approach:
Prof Dek Woolfson took his first degree in Chemistry at the University of Oxford in 1987. He then did a PhD at the University of Cambridge followed by post-doctoral research at University College London and the University of California, Berkeley. After 10 years as Lecturer through to Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Sussex, he moved to the University of Bristol in 2005 to take up a joint chair in Chemistry and Biochemistry. His research has always been at the interface between chemistry and biology, applying chemical methods and principles to understand biological phenomena. Specifically ...
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