Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Biochemistry

  • Mechanism and kinetics of action of amphipathic defense peptides: how antimicrobial peptides and bacterial toxins attack their target cells.
  • Understanding biological membrane function: domain formation in fluid phospholipid membranes.
  • Cooperative magnification of small protein-lipid interactions and their functional consequences
Dr. Paulo Almeida
  • Function and specificity of antimicrobial and cytotoxic peptides.
  • Movement of charged peptides across hydrophobic barriers.
  • Structure of bacterial membranes
Dr. Antje Almeida
  • Chemical modification of signal transduction proteins
  • Crystallization of proteins
  • Synthesis of inhibitors against enzymes involved in amino acid biosynthesis
  • Testing of biodiesel
Dr. Chris Halkides