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Wah Chiu, PhD
Cryo-Electron Microscopy Structures of Protein Folding Machines
Distinguished Service Professor; Alvin Romansky Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Director, National Center for Macromolecular Imaging; Co-Director, W. M. Keck Center for Computational Biology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016
About the Speaker:
Wah Chiu, PhD, is a Distinguished Service Professor and the Alvin Romansky Professor of Biochemistry at the Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Chiu is the director of the National Center for Macromolecular Imaging and the Center for Protein Folding Machinery, and the co-director of W.M. Keck Center for Computational Biology. His research interests are to determine 3-dimensional structures of biological nanomachines by electron cryomicroscopy and computer reconstruction, and to relate the structures to their functional mechanisms. The structural technique he uses complements those of x-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy. His laboratory is uniquely equipped with four intermediate voltage electron cryomicroscopes and supercomputer and has pioneered various experimental and computational methods in biological cryo-EM. Dr. Chiu earned his PhD in biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley.