In Focus: What the mechanical forces behind protein folding can tell us about cancer

Associate Professor Ionel Popa has been highlighted in the August 2022 issues of In Focus.

Scientists have identified two proteins in the body that, when they act together, could help prevent the spread of cancer. But one of those proteins on its own may actual be a catalyst for creating tumors. To study how these proteins interact and how their mechanics affect the body, UWM physicist Ionel Popa and his team have created “single molecule magnetic tweezers” to test these proteins in lab conditions so scientists can study their effects.

You can read the full story in In Focus Vol. 12, No. 8, along with other news from Letters and Science.