Congratulations to Postdoctoral By-Fellow Dr Karen Stroobants, who has been selected to attend the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in Germany, where she will present her research alongside Aaron Ciechanover (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2004), meet the Minister of Education and Research of the German Government, and participate in the closing debate on ‘Ethics in Science’.
Karen works in the Centre for Protein Misfolding Diseases at the Chemistry Department, where she studies membrane protein aggregates and their potential role in neurodegenerative diseases. She has a special interest in promoting communications between different academic players, industry, policy makers and society in general.
Karen’s current group has established that membrane proteins of mitochondria, the powerhouses of our cells, are likely to play a role in the pathways of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. She is investigating the misfolding behaviour of such proteins, and the way the cell responds to it, with the goal to identify potential new targets for therapeutic purposes.