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Prof. Carlos J. Bustamante Delivers the 88th Molecular Science Frontier Lecture

Date: 06-06-2013   source:    Print

Prof. Carlos J. Bustamante was invited to deliver a Molecular Science Frontier Lecture titled Biophysics one molecule at a time on Friday, May 31, 2013, at the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS). Prof. Guoqiang Yang, deputy Director of ICCAS awarded him the certificate and medal of Molecular Science Frontier Lecture Professorship.

Prof. Bustamante is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator and professor of molecular and cell biology, physics, and chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, a position he has held since 1998. He received his BS from Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, his masters in biochemistry from National University of San Marcos in Lima, and his PhD in biophysics from UC Berkeley, where he studied with Ignacio Tinoco, Jr. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Bustamante studied with Marcos Maestre. Before moving to Berkeley, he was an HHMI investigator at the University of Oregon.

Prof. Bustamante uses novel methods of single-molecule visualization, such as scanning force microscopy, to study the structure and function of nucleoprotein assemblies. His laboratory is developing methods of single-molecule manipulation, such as optical tweezers, to characterize the elasticity of DNA, to induce the mechanical unfolding of individual protein molecules, and to investigate the machine-like behavior of molecular motors. Due to his outstanding work Prof. Bustamante has published more than 40 papers in world ' s top journals, including Science, Nature and Cell.

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