DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICAL AND STATISTICAL SCIENCES
UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA

PIMS-MITACS MATHEMATICAL BIOLOGY SEMINAR


MONDAY, March 06, 2006
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
CAB 657

Lukasz Kurgan


We are living in a world controlled by proteins. Although we know over two million of them, their structural details remain largely unknown. At the same time, the knowledge of protein structure is of pivotal importance for advancement of medical research. In this talk, we will give a brief (and hopefully painless) introduction to proteins and their structure. Next, we will discuss current problems and motivations related to protein structure discovery and introduce major computational prediction approaches. Finally, we will describe our recent method for prediction of one of the structural aspects, namely protein structural class. As during the talk we will gradually introduce the background information (there will be pictures), no prior knowledge of proteins is required.

Refreshments will be served following the seminar from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in CAB 549