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IOPS Glasgow Public Lecture Series

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19:30 – 21:30 23 Apr 2015
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Room 222
Kelvin Building
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ

Speakers: Prof Malte Gather

The green fluorescent protein, generally known as GFP, is found in the pacific jellyfish Aequorea Victoria where it is involved as energy acceptor in the natural bioluminescence of the animal. Several years ago molecular biologists isolated the section of DNA that tells the cellular machinery of the jellyfish how to produce GFP. Working together with Harvard Medical School, we have shown that GFP has just the right size to strike an optimal balance between not losing energy to unproductive quenching and being able to squeeze as many molecules as possible into the light-emitting cells of the jellyfish. Bio-inspired by nature’s design, in this lecture I will describe how we were able to make tiny solid-state lasers from these fluorescent proteins, and explore potential applications of this work – from biomedical diagnosis to designing new nanomaterials.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Co-sponsored by: British Science Association and Glasgow University Physoc
Organised by: IOP Scotland
Contact details: martin.hendry@glasgow.ac.uk

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