Structural Biology

Molecular structure of biological macromolecules.


Structural Biology

Structural biology is a branch of molecular biology, biochemistry, and biophysics concerned with the molecular structure of biological macromolecules, especially amino and nucleic acids, how they acquire the structures they have, and how alterations in their structures affect their function.[1] This subject is of great interest to biologists because macromolecules carry out most of the functions of cells, and only by coiling into specific three-dimensional shapes that they are able to perform these functions. This architecture, the "tertiary structure" of molecules, depends in a complicated way on the molecules' basic composition, or "primary structures."

P. Brent Ferrell, M.D.

Primary appointment: Medicine

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Billy Hudson, Ph.D.

Primary appointment: Medicine

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Charles Sanders, Ph.D.

Primary appointment: Medicine

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Samuel Santoro, M.D., Ph.D.

Primary appointment: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

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Niyati Vachharajani

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Roberto Vanacore, PhD

Primary appointment: Medicine

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