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How do proteins communicate? Mapping the network of proteins in the human cell

The speaker for the September 2014 meeting at The Tea Bar will be Dr Rob M. Ewing from the Centre for Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.   The subject for this month is "How do proteins communicate? Mapping the network of proteins in the human cell".

The human genome encodes 1000s of different proteins, each with distinct functions in the cell. Most proteins do not act alone however, but come together to form molecular machines or networks of interacting proteins to carry out all of the functions of the living cell. These interactions between proteins are largely unknown, and the cellular network is only partly mapped. This discussion will focus on how we can map the network of interacting proteins, both to understand the fundamental biology, but also with reference to the diseases such as cancers that are caused by malfunctioning proteins or interactions between those proteins   

Rob Ewing is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton. He has a D.Phil from the University of Oxford and have previously held scientific positions in the CNRS in France, at biotechnology companies in the U.S and Canada, and as an academic in Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. Whilst first and foremost a biologist, a love of computers attracted him to research at the interface of informatics and biology where he studies the cellular network of proteins in cells that govern everything from infection to cancer.

The Tea Bar will be open from around 6:30pm before the talk which starts at 7:30pm, so you can get yourself a drink and have a chat with other participants. The discussions will aim to finish around 9:00pm, though everyone will be welcome to stay around and have a chat with the speaker afterwards ... and indulge in more of the Tea Bar's delicious cakes.

The format of the evening is usually a talk of 30 to 40 minutes, followed by a short break so the audience can refill their glasses, before questions and discussions about the talk. Entry is free and open to everyone, but we do encourage you to buy a tea, coffee or drink (and cakes) at the bar to show your support for The Tea Bar who sponsor the meeting by providing the venue.

Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore and debate the latest ideas in science and technology.

Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique is a free Special Interest Group organised and sponsored by the Active Hampshire Social Club.

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  • Steve M.

    A really interesting session well presented and explained.

    September 29, 2014

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