Structural Biology

Using methods such as x-ray crystallography and super-resolution optics, our researchers are deciphering the atomic configuration of molecules to illuminate the subtlest details of life and disease. Structural biology is vital for understanding how genes and proteins function and gives us essential clues for designing more-effective cancer therapies.

Pictured: Two mesothelioma cells connected by long extensions called tunneling nanotubes, which potentially may be a conduit for communication between the cells. (Courtesy of the Malcolm Moore lab.)