UWM physicists partner in $25M grant to image proteins

A team of five UWM physicists have received a portion (almost $4M) of a recent $25M National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for developing three-dimensional images of protein structure and motion. The grant award is being shared between UWM and seven other institutions and will be in effect for five years. The UWM team consists of Distinguished Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering Abbas Ourmazd, Distinguished Professor of Physics Dilano Saldin, Associate Professor of Physics Marius Schmidt, and Senior Scientists Peter Schwander and Russell Fung. The work at UWM will utilize powerful X-ray lasers to construct atomic level pictures of proteins. These images will potentially assist scientists and physicians in the development of vaccines and other applications.