Professor Sheena Radford FMedSci FRS
Astbury Professor of Biophysics, Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Leeds
Sheena Radford is internationally distinguished for her seminal contributions to understanding how the dynamical properties of proteins enable them to fold and function biologically, or to misfold and cause degenerative diseases. She has used sophisticated experimental techniques to characterise protein folding pathways in exquisite detail, in particular demonstrating that non-native as well as native-like interactions can play key roles in stabilising partially folded intermediate states. She has built on these findings to define key steps in the aberrant self-assembly of misfolded proteins into amyloid fibrils, particularly in dialysis related amyloidosis, and to relate these molecular processes to pathogenesis.
To Fold or Misfold: Where is the Problem? (MP3)