Living Folds in Molecules: Beautiful Forms and Functions

Like a single square of paper can be folded into and endless number of shapes, the molecules making up living things are unique in the ways in which they fold into intricate structures and patterns. These folds endow the molecules the ability to perform their functions. They are handed down from generation to generation throughout the history of life on Earth. They arise from basic concepts of physics and chemistry. The result is a beautiful dance of forms in the atomic world reminiscent of life that we see around us.

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Date: 10/26/2017

Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Price: $10

Class availability limitations: None


Dr. Jacob Schwartz

Dr. Jacob Schwartz

Dr. Jacob Schwartz is an assistant professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Arizona. He began his academic career with an undergraduate degree in Physics and studied nuclear physics. From there, he transitioned to complete his PhD in Molecular Biophysics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Before coming to the University of Arizona, he performed his post-doctoral studies at the University of Colorado under the RNA biochemist and Nobel laureate Tom Cech. His new lab studies two diseases: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, a neurodegenerative disease, and Ewing’s sarcoma, a pediatric bone cancer. These seemingly unrelated diseases share a common molecular basis in pathology involving proteins that adopt unconventional and disordered structures.