Associate Professor Renwick Dobson
University of Canterbury
Associate Professor & Coordinator of Biochemistry
School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800
+64 3 364 2987 ext 7646
We are interested in understanding why nature has chosen proteins—the workhorse of any cell—to facilitate life. Proteins are a diverse family of biopolymers that mediate (almost) everything that happens in a cell. We are interested in how they do this. In particular, we look at how the structure and dynamics of a protein leads to its particular function(s) and how these functions are regulated to coordinate cellular metabolism. We are also interested in the evolution of enzyme function, and conversely its design and manipulation., Moreover, because the cell is a crowded, complex milieu, comprised of very many different biomolecules, we are also interested in how proteins interact with their environment. A common theme in the lab is the role protein-protein interactions in a variety of biological systems, mostly derived from bacteria, but more recently including eukaryotic proteins involved in cancer, where we hope to address how and why proteins form complexes and the functional consequences of these associations.