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Exploring the importance of biometrology

Biology Week 2020 is an opportunity to showcase the important and amazing world of the biosciences. Today, we’re exploring the importance of biometrology.

Biometrology research is vital to support the development of new bioproducts and services. Our scientists working on biometrology are essential contributors to developing biophysical measurements to understand the relationship between biological systems and process. Isabel Moraes, Principal Research Scientist at NPL, is just one example…

Isabel joined NPL in 2017 to lead on the development of structural biology capabilities addressing the challenges of membrane proteins as drug targets, antimicrobial discovery, synthetic biology and cellular therapies.

Biomolecular structure and function underpin all biological processes, including the effect of destructive diseases and pathogens on our cells and our bodies’ defence mechanisms. Reliable measurement is crucial to understanding more about these complex processes, and how we can make use of them to improve healthcare.

Isabel has many years of experience working in this field and brings a wealth of knowledge to NPL; from 2010 she headed up a membrane protein laboratory at Diamond Light Source, where she was responsible for the management of the facility, as well as its research.

Isabel has made significant contributions to the scientific community through delivering numerous presentations and organising many courses and workshops in the field of membrane protein structural biology. By taking part in different outreach events, Isabel is keen to promote science and her work in biometrology to the public.

Isabel states: “The biology week celebration is a fantastic initiative!  Biology is a beautiful and important subject! It studies how humans, animals, plants and microorganisms (including viruses) work at cellular and molecular level, how these organisms grow and interact with each other, their origin and taxonomy. In other words, it helps us to understand “life” and our own existence on planet earth. 

Since very young I was very curious about what makes human bodies to function. Hence, I became a structural biologist because allows me to “see” and understand how life operates at molecular and atomic level. Structural biology, with the help of many technological developments, enables scientists to understand the causes of diseases, find cures for such diseases, understand genetic heredity, and improve quality of life.”

Read more about Isabel’s recent appointment on the STFC Science Board (add link once story live)

Read more about NPL’s biometrology work

09 Oct 2020