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Chinese and Russian Scholars search cures for diseases caused by proteins

Writer: School of Physics

Editor: News Center of BIT  Zhao Lin

 

    Researchers from BIT and Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) in Vladivostok recently welcomed a new supercomputer. The computer will be used to explain the behavior of proteins that are the cause of many human diseases, including diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease and many forms of cancer. The theoretical concepts for the joint research have been developed by Antti Niemi, " Qianren Plan” professor at the School of Physics at BIT together with associate professor Jianfeng He and PhD students at BIT. The computer simulations of actual disease causing proteins are now being made in collaboration between BIT and the Department of Biomedicine at FEFU. The goal of the joint research project between Russia and China is to understand and eventually prevent the physical mechanisms that cause some proteins to lose their correct biological properties, in such a way that they give rise to human diseases.

 

 


    In the first photo, professor Antti Niemi, Jin Dai and Yanzhen Hou from BIT together with professor Alexander Molochkov and members of the research group receive the latest component of the supercomputer in Vladivostok.

 

 
    In the second photo, Jin Dai, a PhD student in professor Antti Niemi’s research group at BIT discusses the mechanism of protein misfolding with professors Molochkov and Tkachev from Vladivostok, with the help of a jointly developed computer software.

 

    Supported by Russian Ministry of Education and Science, the research project between China and Russia will last three years. FEFU received a research grant for the collaboration in a national level grant competition aimed at priorities of scientific developments. The Russian side appropriate 250 thousand dollars to the projects, with China expected to appropriate a matching fund.

 

Release date:2016-11-03