Illinois Sustainable Technology Center Webinar: Tackling the PFAS Problem: Can Understanding Protein Interactions Help?
October 31, 2019
Presented by Carla Ng - Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Pittsburgh and secondary appointment in Environmental and Occupational Health, Graduate School of Public Health.
Per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) are a global environmental and public health problem, now known to contaminate drinking water, food, wildlife and humans. Their unique physicochemical properties and extreme persistence have made them incredibly challenging to study and difficult to remove from contaminated sites. As more is discovered about their toxicological impacts, diverse chemistries, and widespread use, there is an urgent need to develop better methods to track their impacts and remove them from the environment. In this talk I will discuss my group’s strategies to investigate PFAS fate and effects through the lens of their interactions with proteins in biological systems, and how these interactions may be exploited in the design of biologically inspired remediation techniques.
Thursday, October 31, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT