Single Molecule Biophysics of Molecular Motors
Prof. Ahmet Yildiz
University of California Berkeley
Thursday, June 13th, 2013
Abstract: Kinesin and dynein are motor proteins that transport intracellular cargoes along microtubules. We have used single molecule biophysics approach to study how single motor proteins can generate coordinated motion along linear tracks. By engineering new kinesin and dynein proteins, we have discovered that these two classes of motors differ significantly in communication between their two motor domains.
Ahmet Yildiz is an Assistant Professor at the University of California Berkeley. He holds joint appointments with the Department of Physics and the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology. In 2004, Yildiz earned his PhD degree in Biophysics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he developed Fluorescence Imaging with One Nanometer Accuracy (FIONA). He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at San Francisco from 2005-2008. Yildiz is the recipient of the Grand Prize of the Young Scientist Award given by AAAS and GE Healthcare. Recently, he was awarded Alfred Sloan Fellowship, Burroughs Wellcome Fund and The Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar Award in Aging.