Department of Materials and Interfaces, Weizmann Institute of Science
Dr. Ulyana Shimanovich specialises in the ultrafine fibers formed by proteins, ranging from the tough, elastic fibrils spun by silkworms to the sticky plaques made up by amyloid protein fibers that affect the brains of those with advanced Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Her research has shown that learning to control formation of these nano-scale fibrils can be useful for applications such as creating protein-based microreactors to encapsulate time-release medications. She hopes to discover the mechanisms for creating useful protein fibrils and for breaking down harmful ones.
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