The latest episode of the webinar series conducted by the Department of Biological Sciences in SRM University-AP is scheduled for July 31, 2021, at 11.00 am. Dr Rajan Sankaranarayanan, Chief Scientist at CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) will give a lecture on the topic “X-ray vision on ‘Chiral Checkpoints’ during protein biosynthesis” in the session. Faculty and research scholars from the department will join the speaker on the panel.
Protein chains contain only l-amino acids, with the exception of the achiral glycine, making the chains homochiral. This homochirality is a prerequisite for proper protein folding and, hence, normal cellular function. As a scientist, Dr Sankaranarayanan comprehensively reviews d-amino acids with respect to their occurrence and physiological roles, implications for chiral checkpoints required for translation fidelity, and potential use in synthetic biology. He has co-authored and published a research paper titled “Chiral checkpoints during protein biosynthesis” in the “Journal of Biological Chemistry”.
Read the full paper here:https://doi.org/10.1074/jbc.rev119.008166
About the Speaker:
Dr Rajan Sankaranarayanan obtained Bachelors and Masters in Physics from Madurai Kamaraj University and his PhD from the Molecular Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1996. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at IGBMC, Strasbourg, France from 1996-2002. Dr Sankaranarayanan, after returning to India in 2002, has set up a state-of-the-art macromolecular crystallography laboratory and is carrying out research in the field of Structural Biology. From CCMB, his group has made outstanding contributions in the area of proofreading during protein biosynthesis. He was awarded the prestigious Wellcome Trust International Senior Research Fellowship, UK in 2003, Swarnajayanthi fellowship of the DST, India in 2005-2006, National Bioscience Award of DBT in 2008, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award in 2011, GN Ramachandran Gold Medal in 2015 and Infosys Science Prize in 2020. He is an Associate Editor of Journal of Structural Biology and Board of Reviewing Editor of the journal eLife. He is also a fellow of all the three major science academies of the country.
Join this free informative webinar on July 31, 2021, 11.00 am onwards to gain research insights from the field expert.