How to cure the Pac-Mans in our cells


About the research

Do you remember Pac-Man, from that old skool computer game? Well, did you know that there are Pac-Mans in every single cell of our body? They're called enzymes. Some of these enzymes work too fast or too slow, and this can cause severe diseases. Michaela Prothiwa (KU Leuven) explains how she wants to track down these malfunctioning enzymes using a clever piece of chemistry.

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Michaela Prothiwa
KU Leuven

Michaela Prothiwa is from Gräfelfing near Munich, where she was born in 1986. She studied pharmaceutical sciences at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and received her Master's degree from Harvard University. She wrote her doctoral thesis on "Inhibition of quinolone biosynthesis in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Burkholderia species" at the University of Konstanz. In her current research at KU Leuven, she studies chemical methods against inflammatory bowel diseases.

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