Raman Earns Prestigious NIH Award to Fund Research on Protein Function

Biochemistry assistant professor and biophysics trainer Vatsan Raman has received a Director's New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The New Innovator Award supports “unusually creative early stage investigators” whose research can have a broad impact on biomedical sciences.
Raman’s project is focused on understanding protein allostery. Allostery is a property by which when something happens to one part of a protein, a signal is somehow communicated to another part of the protein, where another action takes place. “So, the thesis of this award is: how does this on/off business work?” Raman says. “Can we figure out the specific amino acids — the smaller units that make up proteins — that allow it to change between on and off? In my laboratory, we develop high throughput methods to probe the role of every amino acid in these proteins to decipher which are involved in allostery.” Raman explains that their grand objective is to not just study allostery in one or two proteins, but understand the fundamental “rules” of the property. 
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