Prof. Maillard Delivers Seminar

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Professor Rodrigo Maillard of the ISM was recently invited to give a seminar at the Photosensory Receptors and Signal Transduction Gordon Research Conference (GRC). The conference was a premier international event meant to foster discussion and interaction among top scientists, and took place from March 3-8, 2024 in Lucca, Italy. Prof. Maillard was one of many featured researchers from around the world presenting the most up-to-date developments in the field of light sensing in biology. Prof. Maillard delivered a seminar entitled “The Cofactor-Dependent Folding Mechanism of Drosophila Cryptochrome Revealed by Single-Molecule Pulling Experiments”. His talk focused on his published research under the same title, regarding the use of optical tweezers to examine the coupling mechanism between the folding of the large protein Drosophila cryptochrome and a FAD cofactor. 

A white circle against a tan background, with two gray circles intersecting the edge on opposite sides. Connected to the left circle is a DNA strand, leading to a 3D protein model, which connects to the gray circle on the right.
Image from the research talk, highlighting the Drosophila cryptochrome protein.