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FIP Seminar: Title TBD
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Dr. Sharonda LeBlanc, Assistant Professor of Physics, North Carolina State University
Dr. LeBlanc is fascinated by the large numbers of protein machines called enzymes that coordinate to carry out complex biological processes. Her research focuses on understanding the molecular details of essential pathways. The LeBlanc lab seeks to uncover precisely how individual proteins interact with their binding partners, how those interactions are modulated by dynamic conformational changes, and how enzymes fail in complex diseases such as cancer. Dr. LeBlanc's research approach will utilize confocal microscopy with time-correlated single photon counting to study these fast biological processes at the single molecule level. Of particular interest are the protein - nucleic acid interactions involved in the ribosome assembly pathway. She is also interested in exploring biological sensing applications with quantum dots.