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RotM: Interview with Dr. Allan Drummond

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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 workers in biology. To make proteins, ribosomes in the cell translate the genetic information in me…