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Protein Folding, Susan Lindquist, 1980s–Present

“Seventy percent of what I’m now doing I couldn’t have foreseen five years ago. You take unexpected twists and turns.” – Susan Lindquist

Within each of your cells, each one of the millions of proteins intricately folds into a proper shape to do its precise job.  If it misfolds, that leads to problems that play a role in cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and other ailments. Professor Susan Lindquist has uncovered surprising roles, both positive and negative, for protein misfolding in disease and evolution. Lindquist’s work focuses most closely on a special group of proteins called “heat shock proteins” that have the specific job of helping other proteins fold and mature correctly. That generalized understanding has permitted still more focused research on the treatment of disease. Lindquist has won many awards, including most recently the National Medal of Science in 2010.

On loan from the Lindquist Laboratory, Whitehead Institute.

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