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RotM: Interview with Dr. Allan Drummond

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Dr. D. Allan Drummond in his office at the University of Chicago This month, we spoke to Dr. D. Allan Drummond , our Researcher of the Month (RotM), regarding his work about proteins. Dr. Allan has a Ph.D in Computation and Neural Systems and heads a team of scientists as Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as well as the Department of Human Genetics, University of Chicago . His team works on finding out the effects of errors in protein making mechanism in our cells and their effect in disorders such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) .  In this interview, Dr. Allan simplified for us his recent findings about tRNA modification that were recently published in PLoS Biology   CTS: What is the aim of studying tRNA modification? What information can we seek from studying tRNAs ? AD: We study tRNAs and their modifications to understand translation, a fundamental biological process shared by all life. Cells need proteins, the main molecular w