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This month we are joined by Professor Meytal Landau, Leading Scientist at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron, at the Centre for Structural Systems Biology, who will be presenting on microbial and antimicrobial functional fibrils. 

This seminar is part of our Molecular Biosciences@Physics of Life series sponsored by The Biochemical Society.

Professor Meytal Landau


Speaker Bio: Meytal Landau is a Lead Scientist at the German Electron Synchrotron DESY, at the Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB). She is also a W3 Professor at the Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), and a Visiting Associated Group Leader at EMBL Hamburg. Landau is also a Visiting Associated Professor at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Amongst other distinctions, she received the Biophysical Society’s Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award (2019) and the Wolf Foundation’s Krill Prize for Excellence in Scientific Research (2018).

Landau’s research primarily focuses on virulent and antimicrobial amyloids. Her lab pioneered the atomic-level analysis of structure-function relationships in bacterial amyloids. Their findings thus far exposed an extreme diversity in the structures of functional fibrils, including the discovery of a novel class of cross-α amyloid fibrils, and a unique fibril secondary structure switch mechanism, opening a fresh perspective to study amyloid-related toxicity and regulation. She is especially curious about the connection between microbes and their amyloids and neurodegeneration and amyloidosis via different molecular and signaling pathways. 

This is a hybrid meeting.

In-person event location: Room 106, Britannia House, 7 Trinity St, London SE1 1DB.

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Britannia House
Britannia House, 7 Trinity Street, London, SE1 1DB