Glow in the Dark is cool, let’s face it. Who doesn’t want to add a glow stick or two to their night-time attire. It seems nature has been glowing in the dark for quite a while with special proteins and now we are using these proteins to explore molecular interactions.
Come and join Emma Wilson on the Science Stage near Sportsworks to hear all about this fascinating process and how light once again shows us the way, this time for the smallest of things!
Fluorescent Proteins: From Nature to the Lab Visualising Biological Interaction with Light
Award winning Emma Wilson of the ARC Center of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics (CNBP) and RMIT University will discuss how naturally occurring fluorescent proteins, derived from animals and plants, can be used to study biology at the molecular level. It isn’t fully clear as to why nature has evolved such fluorescence capabilities. However, we have been able to harness these fluorescent tools and use them to help understand molecular interactions that make life possible. The fact that these proteins are encoded by the same DNA that exists in all living things makes them an excellent tool for understanding genetics and how proteins are synthesized, modified and regulated in living organisms.
The Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) is an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence led by the University of Adelaide, with research focused nodes also at Macquarie University and RMIT University.
Emma is a Biotechnologist; currently working on the biological application of Fluorescent Nanodiamond. Combining bio-Photonics and Molecular Biology to develop diagnostic assays.
Maybe one day we will be able to turn on our Fluorescent Proteins and glow in the dark…
Note: This talk will be aimed at older audiences and may not be appropriate for younger children.
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