Congratulations to our new PhD student, Alexander Sandahl, who begins his PhD studies in Gothelf Lab on 1 August 2016.
Alexander will be working on preparing small cyclic molecules made up of DNA and RNA (Small Cyclic Oligonucleotides (SCOs)), and study their binding to other molecules, in particular their binding to proteins.
SCOs may be potential drug candidates if they can inhibit specific disease relevant proteins. Secondly, proteins may be natural binders of SCOs, which in turn, may lead to application of the proteins to find small SCOs in cells. The discovery of SCOs in nature will pave the way for discovery of hitherto unknown cellular pathways.
Funding source: Lundbeck Foundation