Class: How We Detect and Respond to the World Around Us: Light, Adrenaline and Smelling the Roses!
Dr. Leslie Kuhn
Description: Our ability to stay safe and healthy and enjoy the world around us depends on our senses. Proteins embedded in the surfaces of our cells sense light, scents and even natural and pharmaceutical drugs like adrenaline and betablockers. What do some of these molecules look like, and how do they work? You will have a chance to explore these fascinating molecules using interactive computer graphics.
Description: Much of human culture is influenced by smell and taste, and our day-to-day behavior and diet respond to these cues. This course will use lab and lecture to delve into what makes foods tasty and how we and other animals perceive and respond to smells and tastes in the environment.
Raeuf Roushangar (left) is the first MSU student to receive the prestigious Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship. Raeuf, a BMB graduate, is currently working in George Mias's lab on his PhD on personalized/precision medicine. He has overcome a past of adversity and discrimination, to continue to demonstrate that striving for excellence through perseverance, humility and hard work leads to great achievements.
MSU researchers have, for the first time, revealed the crystal structure of a key protein, TSPO, which is associated with several forms of anxiety disorders. By identifying the structure at the atomic level, scientists can now pinpoint where drugs may interact with the protein.