Deborah Kelly invited to speak at Georgia Tech’s Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology

Deborah F. Kelly, Ph.D.

Deborah F. Kelly, Ph.D.

Deborah Kelly, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, will present at Georgia Tech’s Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology on Thursday, Dec. 8. Her talk is titled, “Improving Our Vision of Nanobiology.”

Kelly develops electron microscopy imaging technologies and techniques to visualize the smallest biological complexes in health and disease.

“We have recently developed tunable microchips to capture and visualize native protein assemblies from the nuclear material of patient-derived cancer cells,” said Kelly, who is also an assistant professor of biological sciences in Virginia Tech’s College of Science.

Traditional electron microscopy allows for high-resolution images of still samples. Until recently, high-resolution visualization of proteins and cells actually interacting as they would in nature has eluded scientists. Kelly aims to change that.

By adapting newly available tools for use in the electron microscope, Kelly and her research team imaged the breast cancer protein, BRCA1, in more precise detail than ever before. According to Kelly, it’s only the first step.

“Collectively, with these new tools in hand, the field in uniquely poised to peer into the nanoworld of active molecules and cells,” Kelly said.

More information on Kelly’s lecture may be found here.