Welcome PPS 2010-11 students to the PPS blog!
I have run this blog in some recent years to help students understand how what they study relates to current research in protein structure and in areas related to it such as drug design and development. This year, I will be posting accounts of lectures, conferences and new papers in the areas covered by the course, and link them to the scientific literature more widely. Comments are welcomed and if any of you would like to have a go at blogging I can set you up as an author.
We have a weekly seminar programme shared between Biological Sciences at Birkbeck and the other departments in the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, and later in the course I will occasionally post reports of these seminars when they seem particularly relevant to the course material. There is a theme for the seminars each term, and this term (Autumn 2010) this is "Cellular and Structural Biology of Infection".
Before then, however, I will be blogging from Birkbeck Science Week at the end of October. There will be two lectures then that are very relevant for this course, both given by senior professors in the Department of Biological Sciences: Prof. Helen Saibil on the structures of bacterial protein toxins and Prof. Bonnie Wallace on proteins and DNA. Do check back on this blog afterwards as I hope that will give you an idea of both the beauty and the elegance of our subject. Or - if you are within reach of London on either of those days - do come and hear what they have to say! Science Week lectures are free and open to all, although registration is required.
Enjoy the blog - and do let us know what you think of it!