Vijay Pande, Stanford University
Proteins are the workhorse of biochemistry, performing amazing chemical feats. Before they can carry out their function, they must perform another challenging task: to assemble themselves, or "fold." In this talk, I will introduce the outstanding biological and biophysical questions involved with folding, both in vitro and in vivo. At the heart of these questions is how the physics of proteins on a atomic and molecular scale interacts with the fundamental biology of proteins and their assembly and function.