Montana State University

Oct. 5 lecture to focus on therapeutic uses of protein cages

September 7, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- A free public lecture about therapeutic uses of protein cage nanoparticles will be given on Friday, Oct. 5, at Montana State University.

Amy Servid, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the recipient of a Kopriva Graduate Fellowship, will speak on "Engineering Protein Cages for Therapeutic and Materials Applications, Exploring the Interior and Exterior Surfaces" at 4:10 p.m. in the Byker Auditorium in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building. A reception will follow.

Servid is part of a team of researchers using protein cage nanoparticles to provide protective immune responses against respiratory viruses. Servid's research focuses on characterizing and modifying these nanoparticles with the goal of understanding how the structure of the nanoparticles relates to their function in vivo. She uses chemical and genetic modifications to design nanoparticles that display antigens or targeting molecules. This research provides a foundation for the design of nanoparticles that offer enhanced protection against influenza and other respiratory viruses.

Servid's lecture is presented by the Kopriva Science Seminar Series, which is funded through an endowment created by Phil Kopriva, a 1957 microbiology graduate from MSU. Kopriva, who died in 2002, also created an endowment to fund the Kopriva Graduate Fellowship Program, which provides support and opportunities for graduate students in the College of Letters and Science, particularly in the biomedical sciences. The series features six seminars annually, with talks provided by MSU graduate students, faculty members and guest speakers.

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