Controlled assembly and function of Protein-based membranes

Project: Research project

Project Details


Monica Olvera de la Cruz, Lawyer Taylor Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical & Biological Engineering, and Physics & Astronomy, develops and applies intensive, cutting-edge computational, theoretical, and experimental methods to study the structure and function of molecules. She seeks to discover paradigms and processes that will enable design of new materials for environmental remediation and the treatment of disease. One of the most complex and challenging sites of biological action is along cell membranes, where highly complex proteins move molecules and engage in cellular signaling. Olvera de la Cruz has obtained promising recent results in replicating these functions synthetically. Support of $4,537,000 from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation will allow her to accelerate discoveries of new functions and application of this research to remove common pesticides in water estimated to poison millions annually, one advance that promises even broader transformation of the field of biomimicry.
Effective start/end date9/1/1712/31/23


  • Sherman Fairchild Foundation, Inc. (Agmt 7/19/2017)


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