Virus-X champion shares her insight into the hunt for new enzymes

Virus-X champion shares her insight into the hunt for new enzymes

This summer, about 50 prospective students considering University were able to meet Katy Cornish and others form the Virus-X team at Durham’s Department of Chemistry. Katy, a Virus-X PhD student in her second year, shared her insights on ‘life in the lab’, and the passion which drives her as a young researcher.  For most students, this was their first encounter with the capacity for structural biology to change the landscape for how we understand the biochemical processes of life.  Katy and the team in Durham contribute structural biology expertise to our international collaborative network, working collaboratively with experts in bioprospecting, sequence analysis, viral biology and industrial applications development.  Katy enthused the visiting students with new understanding of the enormous potential of ‘extremophiles’, organisms from challenging environments, such as deep-sea vents and hydrothermal pools in Iceland, to yield enzymes suited to novel biotechnological applications.