UTSC computer science researchers have developed a faster, cheaper and more reliable way to determine the three-dimensional shapes of biological molecules such as proteins and viruses. Determining these shapes is one of the core problems in structural biology.
Simplifying the modeling process makes it vastly more possible to understand these molecules’ function and behaviour, which is important for both basic science and cutting-edge development of new drugs and medicines.
UTSC Postdoctoral Fellow Marcus Brubaker and two other UTSC computer scientists, PhD student Ali Punjani and Professor David Fleet, recently presented their new method (PDF file) at the 2015 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in Boston.
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