• Wed
    Seven Arts, Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD
    Bruce Turnbull, Professor of Biomolecular Chemistry at Leeds University

    There is a lot more to the science of sugars than the stuff you put in your tea.  Every cell in your body is covered with a forest of sugar molecules that allow the cells to interact with their surroundings. Sugar molecules on a human egg are essential for the first steps of fertilisation.  However, many viruses and bacteria have learned to exploit our sugar coating as a means to latch onto and enter our cells, a common cause of disease.  But if we can understand these cell-surface sugars and the proteins they interact with, perhaps we can start to re-engineer these systems - for example to target the delivery of drugs to tumours or to to develop treatments for chronic pain. 

    The meeting is in-person and will not be broadcast over Zoom.