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Salzberg Chemistry Seminar Series: Neal Devaraj, "Peering into the Lipid World"

Guest Speaker Neal Devaraj, Professor, Dept of Chemistry & Biochemistry; Faculty-Affiliate, Dept of Bioengineering at the the University of California, San Diego: "Peering into the Lipid World."
When Nov 18, 2019
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where NEW LOCATION: ASRC Auditorium
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Contact Phone 8402
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ABSTRACT

Lipids remain one of the most enigmatic classes of biological molecules. Lipids were likely one of the first components necessary for life, yet our understanding of how lipid membranes could have arisen spontaneously is a mystery. Human cells produce thousands of unique lipid species, but the purpose for such diversity remains unknown. Dysregulation of lipid metabolism is a key factor in some of the most common diseases that afflict human beings. I will discuss our lab’s efforts in using imaging and chemistry to understand the assembly and function lipids. We are watching the formation of artificial cells that consist of synthetic membranes that can continually reproduce. We are designing specific chemical reactions to manipulate and image lipids within living cells during cell death and disease. Our ultimate goal is to answer fundamental questions about the origins of lipid membranes and build a functional understanding of the diverse array of lipids present in life today.