Science Cafe - Beyond Milk Shakes: The Omnipresent and Omnipotent Proteins

We all know how important for us to have a daily dose of proteins to be healthy. However, do you know what precisely the protein molecules do in our body? Over 80% of our bodily functions are attributed to proteins, from memory to muscles and health to toxicity, proteins play omnipotent roles in our lives. Join Dr. Vijay Rangachari, on Monday, August 31  in Cook Library Room 123 (LIB 123) at 6 p.m. as he discusses how proteins work and how they both benefit and cause trouble to us at the same time.

Dr. Rangachari, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is a biophysical chemist who studies the chemical processes in living organisms, in particular the biophysics of proteins and peptides. He is focused on understanding several different aspects of amyloid-β (Aβ) peptide aggregation involved in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). His long-term research goal is to use this knowledge in engineering new treatments that can effectively treat or prevent this disease as well as other neurodegenerative diseases such as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and Spinal muscular atrophy.

The Science Café at Cook Library is an event that highlights interesting, relevant, and current science research. These are an opportunity to participate in lively and engaging conversations about science in a casual, welcoming and informal environment. Each Science Café features a brief presentation (usually given by a scientist) followed by discussion and questions. Science Cafés are free and open to the public. No science background is assumed or required. For more information, contact Tracy Englert, Science and Technology Librarian, at 601.266.6396 or