PCMM | Highlights

A simpler way to measure complex biochemical interactions

By: Tom Ulrich

Life teems with interactions. Proteins bind. Bonds form between atoms, and break. Enzymes cut. Drugs attach to cell receptors. DNA hybridizes. Those interactions make the processes of life work, and capturing them has led to many medical advances.

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November 13, 2014

Dr. Wesley Wong receives Beckman Young Investigator Award

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation has honored Dr. Wesley Wong with a Beckman Young Investigator Award, which recognizes promising young faculty in chemistry and the life sciences. The funding provided by this award will help Dr. Wong to continue to develop single-molecule centrifugation, an approach that will enable researchers to perform high-throughput single-molecule manipulation in a simple and inexpensive way. By incorporating a miniature microscope into a centrifuge,  forces can be applied to thousands of single molecules at once while observing their individual response, enabling such measurements to be made thousands of times faster than traditional approaches, for a fraction of the cost. This approach has the potential to revolutionize many areas of biomedical research.