Food for Thought: Faculty Q&A with Doug Young 05.05.2021

05/05/2021 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Unnatural Amino Acids: Manipulating the Genetic Code to Address Biological Disorders

Proteins, comprised of 20 natural amino acids, are the driving force behind most cellular functions and are vital to most life processes. Given how useful proteins already are, it’s exciting to imagine how much more powerful they could be if we could expand the genetic code to incorporate unnatural amino acids that have novel chemical functionalities. Adding these chemical tools to the biological toolbox opens the door to new therapeutics and diagnostics for biological diseases and disorders, including cancer.

Professor Young is the Cornelia Brackenridge-Talbot Distinguished Associate Professor of Chemistry and currently chairs the W&M Undergraduate Research Committee. He regularly engages undergraduate students in research at the interface of biology and chemistry.

Professor Douglas Young



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