Structural Biology

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June 24, 2021 A ‘tasty’ protein may lead to new ways to treat metabolic and immune diseases

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (June 24, 2021) — The same taste-sensing molecule that helps you enjoy a meal from your favorite restaurant may one day lead…

March 24, 2021 Today is World Tuberculosis Day. Here’s what you need to know.

On March 24, 1882, German physician Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had identified the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB), a deadly disease that at…

January 13, 2021 A look back at 2020

The past year has challenged us in new and unexpected ways. Yet through it all, we have been inspired by the strength and resilience of…

November 4, 2020 Near-atomic ‘maps’ reveal structure for maintaining pH balance in cells

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Nov. 4, 2020) — For the first time, scientists have visualized a new class of molecular gates that maintain pH balance within…

July 1, 2020 Graduate student spotlight: Investigating molecular ‘gates’ to understand and treat disease

Every other month, we highlight one of Van Andel Institute Graduate School’s doctoral students. This month features Emery Haley, a student in the lab of…

June 3, 2020 Atomic blueprint of ‘molecular machine’ reveals role in membrane protein installation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (June 3, 2020) — Van Andel Institute scientists have revealed the first known atomic structure of a “molecular machine” responsible for installing…

June 3, 2020 Near-atomic blueprint reveals inner workings of drug target for cancer, other diseases

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (June 3, 2020) — Van Andel Institute scientists have for the first time described the near-atomic level structure of a molecular pathway…

May 28, 2020 Studies do not find hormonal role for bone protein osteocalcin

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (May 28, 2020) — A bone protein called osteocalcin has long been thought to play important hormonal roles in blood sugar metabolism…