Friend and fellow Pharyngulite Andy McMillan is giving a talk this Wednesday night at UW. It’s called “Shining a Light on Protein Shapes,” and is bound to be enthralling:
Proteins are responsible for most biological functions, and understanding their shape can tell about how they work (or don’t work in the case of illnesses). A common way of studying proteins is to look at changes in fluorescence from the protein when it changes shape, but the reason why this fluorescence is affected is not always obvious. I am using a combination of experiments and computer simulations to try and understand how changes in a protein could result in changes in fluorescence.
You know howI know it’s gonna be enthralling? Because when we went to Blind Guardian last year, Andy was talking about his work. Had to shout out the details over some very loud heavy metal, and I almost didn’t want Blind Guardian to come on until he’d finished, even though I could only hear about half of what he said and understood about a quarter of it. People: he made fluorescing proteins more interesting than my favorite metal band.
So I’m gonna go see him, and if you’re in the Seattle area, you should do it, too. 6:45pm. Johnson Hall, Room 102. Be there or be sad you weren’t.