UWM team unlocks new age of protein research

To study the swiftness of biology – the protein chemistry behind every life function – scientists need to see molecules changing and interacting in unimaginably rapid time increments – trillionths of a second or shorter. Imaging equipment with that kind of speed was finally tested last year at the European X-ray Free-Electron Laser, or EuXFEL. Now, a team of physicists from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has completed the facility’s first molecular movie, or “mapping,” of the ultrafast movement of proteins. With this capability, scientists can watch how proteins do their jobs properly – or how their shape-changing goes awry, causing disease.

Coalition leader Kathy Henrich is growing Milwaukee’s tech community

The adoption of digital technology across Milwaukee’s business community was greatly accelerated in 2020 due to people working remotely and virtually as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The adjustments made within weeks, and even days, for some local companies demonstrated the importance of advanced technology. It also demonstrated the mission of the Milwaukee Tech Hub Coalition, an area nonprofit created to strengthen Milwaukee’s tech industry.

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