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Structural Task Force

Dale Tronrud

Research scientist

Dale Tronrud has both solved protein crystal structures and developed methods and software for the optimization of macromolecular models against X-ray data and known chemical structural information.

He has had a long-standing interest in enzyme:inhibitor complexes and photosynthetic proteins, focusing on the Fenna-Matthews-Olson protein. In addition, he has also been involved in the validation and repair of many PDB models.

Getting the chemistry right has been critical to all these projects. And this is exactly what Dale also does in the task force. He also occasionally teaches the other members some the secrets of crystallographic refinement.

Posts of Dale Tronrud

Computer rendered image of corona virus by Thomas Splettstoesser (left), and finished 3D print by Thorn Lab (right). Picture on the left by Thomas Splettstößer (scistyle.com)

How to make your own 3D printed coronavirus model

by
Kristopher Nolte
on
July 30, 2020
The instructions and files below will allow you to create your own model of the virus! All you need is some spare time and a 3D printer. In addition, those without access to a 3D printer can still use the STL files to request printing from external services and then follow the instructions on painting […]

How reliable is the Pfizer-BioNTech claim that their vaccine is 90 percent effective?

by
Dale E. Tronrud
on
December 10, 2020
On Nov 9th, 2020 Pfizer issued a press release stating their conclusion that the COVID-19 vaccine they developed with BioNTech appeared to be 90% effective. While their test contained over 43,000 volunteers they had only detected 94 cases of COVID-19. How confident can you be with only 94 cases? I decided to explore this matter […]
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