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Novel protein-based vaccine technologies to tackle global health threats

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How can protein engineering prepare us for the next pandemic? You may have heard that mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell, but proteins run the show. Proteins are the molecules that do all the work to keep your cells running and your body alive and healthy. We can also design proteins for a multitude of purposes – such as making vaccines.

I will talk about how we make self-assembling protein nanoparticles to display viral components in a modular plug-and-play process using Spytag/SpyCatcher technology. This vaccine platform can be mass-produced and ready to go in advance – which may be valuable to rapidly react to new pathogens. Come along to learn about vaccine development, or just to admire beautiful protein structures.

This talk is part of the Darwin College Science Seminars series.

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