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Imagine we could cure every disease. The key to that could be the tiny machines that are inside all cells of every living organism, called proteins. Proteins make our skin and hair, clean up our body from harmful chemicals, break down our food, flex our muscles, or carry oxygen from our lungs to all cells of our body. By disabling specific proteins we can also stop cancer cells from multiplying. Therefore we study the structure of proteins by superbright X-rays, powerful magnets, electron microscopes or even artificial intelligence algorithms. Our group specifically tries to understand how proteins interact with each other and how that impacts cancer. We also write software to make public data banks of protein structures more accurate and richer in content. We want to understand the chemistry of life and help making drugs for cancer and all kinds of disease.

PROTEINS FOR THE PEOPLE
ANASTASSIS PERRAKISPROFILE
NKI / Oncode Institute

Proteins make our skin and hair, clean our bodies of harmful chemicals, break down our food, tone our muscles or carry oxygen from our lungs to all the cells in our body. By switching off certain proteins, we can also prevent cancer cells from multiplying. Tassos Perrakis studies the structure of proteins to understand how they interact and how that impacts cancer.

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