Sep 5 2019

Design of Functional Protein Membranes

September 5, 2019

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


124 EIB


945 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL 60608

Monica Olvera de la Cruz


Materials Science and Engineering


Chemical and Biological Engineering

Physics and Astronomy

Northwestern University, Evanston



The accessibility of reactants to the surface of enzymes is crucial for its function. Therefore, in order to exploit the enzymatic properties of proteins in non-biological environments, it is imperative to organize proteins in assemblies that expose their surfaces to the reactants. I will describe a couple of methods we have applied to successfully organize and analyze enzymatically active proteins in non-biological environments.


Monica Olvera de la Cruz obtained her Ph.D. in Physics from Cambridge University, UK, in 1985. She joined Northwestern University in 1986, where she is the Lawyer Taylor Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Physics and Astonomy and of Chemical & Biological Engineering. She is the Director of the Center for Computation and Theory of Soft Materials. From 1995-97 she was a Staff Scientist in the Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique, Saclay, France, where she also held visiting scientist positions in 1993 and in 2003. She has developed theoretical models to determine the thermodynamics, statistics and dynamics of soft materials including multicomponent solutions of heterogeneous synthetic and biological molecules, and molecular electrolytes. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). She was awarded the 2017 APS Polymer Physics Prize, a National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship (DoD), the 2007 Cozzarelli Prize (NAS), the Presidential Young Investigator Award (NSF), the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and the David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering. She is a member of the US Department of Energy's Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee and a Senior Editor for the ACS Central Science.


Thursday, September 5th, 2019
11:00 AM
Room 124, EIB (Engineering Innovation Building)
Reception will start at 10:45 AM


Jan Raphael M. Sagun

Date posted

Sep 4, 2019

Date updated

Apr 12, 2021