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The field of proteomics allows us to study cellular processes at the protein level. In his inaugural lecture, Garry Corthals reviews the rise of proteomics over the last 20 years and how it has ushered in new concepts in biology.

Event details of The key role of proteomics
Date 11 December 2015
Time 16:00
Location Aula - Oude Lutherse kerk
Room Location
Garry Corthals, hoogleraar Supramolecular Separations
Photo: Jeroen Oerlemans

Around the year 2000 it was announced that the sequencing of the human genome was complete. The genome became known as the ‘Code of Life’, and with its discovery came expectations that we would achieve a greater understanding of diseases and how they work at the genetic level. While it is clear that this catalogueing of genes and their locations on specific chromosomes has been important and valuable, it is not sufficient for understanding the biological processes involved in diseases, argues Corthals.

However, one consequence of genome sequencing was the development of a set of powerful molecular technologies that enabled us to further investigate what emerged from knowledge of the human genome. One of these technologies is Proteomics. It allows us to study and understand cellular processes at the protein level and, importantly, provided a bridge between the static genome and real-time biology. Proteomics initially focused on technology development, but more recently it has been used to understand how proteins control processes common in all biology, and their specific functions and appearance in healthy and disease states.

Apart from sketching the rise of the field of proteomics, Corthals wll also show how it has driven multidisciplinary science and can help set a new agenda for life sciences in schools, universities, industry and society.

C. Corthals, hoogleraar Supramolecular Separations: The proteome: it’s life, but not as we know it.

Aula - Oude Lutherse kerk

Room Location

Singel 411
1012 XM Amsterdam

Entrance

This event is open to the public.