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From Discovery Science to Industrial Applications

Understand the machinery of life, and get there faster: Probing proteins in small volumes

by Professor Tuomas Knowles, Department of Chemistry and Cavendish Laboratory (and Fluidic Analytics)

27 February 2018, 17:30 at the Maxwell Centre



The talk will outline recent work by the Department of Chemistry in developing microfluidic platforms for studying proteins in their native environment in solution. Our speaker, Prof Tuomas Knowles, will discuss some specific features of microfluidics which open up new possibilities for protein characterisation.  He will show examples where this platform has allowed them to probe particularly challenging and heterogeneous protein systems.

He will then focus on their efforts to translate this technology into instrumentation usable by the wider community through a start-up company, Fluidic Analytics 

About Professor Tuomas Knowles

Tuomas Knowles studied Biology at the University of Geneva, and Physics at ETH Zurich. He moved to Cambridge in 2004 to work towards his PhD in the Cavendish Laboratory and the Nanoscience Centre. In 2008 he was elected to a Research Fellowship at St John's College, Cambridge, and was then appointed to a University Lectureship in Physical Chemistry in 2010, joining the faculty at the Department of Chemistry in Cambridge. He then successively held a University Readership between 2013 and 2015 and a Professorship since 2015 in the Department of Chemistry.

Since 2016 he is Professor of Physical Chemistry and Biophysics in the Department of Chemistry and at the Cavendish Laboratory, and is co-director of the Cambridge Centre for Protein Misfolding Diseases in Cambridge.

His current research interests are focused on using physical approaches to study the self-assembly of protein molecules both in the context of biological function and malfunction. 

About Fluidic Analytics
We envision a world where information about proteins and their behaviour transforms our understanding of how the biological world operates, and helps all of us make better decisions about how we diagnose diseases, develop treatments and maintain our personal well-being



5.00pm: Registration

5.30pm: Prof Tuomas Knowles talk, followed by Q&As

6.30pm: Networking

7pm: Event closes



Places are limited, prior booking is essential.

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This talk is organised by the Maxwell Centre and Cambridge Network in a series called 'From discovery science to industrial applications'


Wednesday, 27 February, 2019 - 17:30 to 19:00