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Cutting-edge research with cutting edge equipment

Posted: Monday, Mar 25th, 2013

Lasers activate the fluorescent tags on the protein receptors in a cell, explains South Dakota State University Cell Biologist Shalini Low-Nam. The one-of-a-kind microscope in assistant professor Adam Hoppe’s laboratory in the chemistry and biochemistry department allows her to study how proteins interact within the membrane of a white blood cell called a macrophage. Courtesy photo

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BROOKINGS – It looks like a neon light show – pink, blue and magenta squiggles dancing in the darkness.

These are not just pretty pictures, but protein receptors interacting within the membrane of a living cell.

And to South Dakota State University cell biologist Shalini Low-Nam, they are an incredible sight and possibly an important step in understanding how diseases such as cancer affect the cells.

“This is something that could not be done five or 10 years ago because the tools to do it did not exist,” said Low-Nam, a postdoctoral research associate in the chemistry and biochemistry department.

It was the unique tools available in assistant professor Adam Hoppe’s laboratory that drew Low-Nam to SDSU in October 2011 after completing her doctorate in biomedical sciences at the University of New Mexico.

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