Designing new optogenetic tools for biomedical research
- Research Opportunity
- PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
- Number of Honour Places Available
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute
|A/Prof Danny Hattersemail@example.com||83442530|
|Dr Craig Morton||Personal web page|
Optogenetics describes the manipulation of gene or protein function using light. This powerful technology has exploded in the last few years because it provides exquisite control of a range of biological functions in biomedical research. In this project, we seek to develop a new way to control the activity of streptavidin using light. Streptavidin binds with extremely high affinity to biotin and hence has been used as one of the best systems in biology to detect and/or capture specific protein:protein interactions. Controlling its activity with light will provide a new way to target protein:protein interactions in a spatially controllable manner. This project will build on prototype designs in the lab and test the efficacy of them for being regulated by light. This will involve cloning genes, modeling protein structures, designing targeted mutations and testing activity in mammalian and bacterial cell culture systems.
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PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
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