Protein Nano-LEGO

Protein Nano-LEGO

“We are really interested in making things smaller these days,” says PhD student Amy Yewdall from the University of Canterbury. “And we’re thinking of proteins as a nanomaterial that we can use as building blocks for future machines, so you’ve got nanomachines that we can make, or biosensors.” In particular, Amy is working with proteins called peroxiredoxins that form “exciting structures”. These proteins are ring-shaped and self-assemble to form stacks or tubes. “What I’m really interested in is looking at proteins with diverse structures so I can create big novel structures out of them, so think of them like nano LEGOs. I can try and fit these protein units together to make cool structures,” she says. Amy Yewdall is a PhD Student supervised by Juliet Gerrard. Full story at Radio New Zealand’s Our Changing World