Coronavirus
Structural Task Force

Luise Kandler

Biochemistry B.Sc. Student

Luise is a B.Sc. student in biochemistry at the University of Würzburg and joined the Taskforce during the first Corona lockdown.

She did her Bachelor thesis in the Thorn lab, where she learned programming with Python and worked on the implementation of a Graphical User Interface for our Machine Learning Tool Haruspex in Coot.

In the Task Force, she mainly uses her biochemical knowledge for literature research, blogposts, structure descriptions and searching for the best visualisations of the virus. However, she is also involved in outreach tasks like corresponding with media representatives and helps out wherever she can.

Posts of Luise Kandler

This illustration shows the E protein as a pentameric ion channel embedded in a membrane.

The E protein: A small but mysterious structure

by
Luise Kandler
on
July 10, 2020
Introduction The novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 incorporates various structural proteins in its protective coat. In order to find a potential drug target against the spreading pandemic, a lot of scientific research focusses on the characteristic spike glycoprotein as a therapeutic target. But apart from the spikes, several other structural proteins were found to decorate the virus […]

SARS-CoV-2 Entry Animation from Iwasa Group – a little Christmas Present to the Scientific Community

by
Luise Kandler
on
December 24, 2020
Overview During the Corona-dominated year 2020 scientists all over the world united and gathered as much information as possible to understand the exact mechanism behind the lifecycle of SARS-CoV-2. The main question was: how can we stop the virus from invading the human cell and causing COVID-19? A focus in the quest to answer this […]

SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Testing in a German Hospital

by
Luise Kandler
on
March 2, 2021
During Christmas holidays in Germany the SARS-CoV-2 infections still increased dramatically. In Miesbach, a small town near Munich and close to the Alpes, where daily winter tourism was booming during Christmas, the hospital of Agatharied exceeded the alarming value of Corona infections. In December, 50 new infections occurred among patients and staff from several different wards […]
Structure of the RNA binding domain (right) and of the dimerization domain (left). PDB: 7CDZ, 7C22 Image: Oliver Kippes

The packaging of the RNA - Nucleocapsid proteins

by
Oliver Kippes
on
February 22, 2021
1.    Introduction: With SARS-CoV-2 infections and related death rates continuing to rise worldwide and new variants emerging, the virus is still a great and present danger. Although we have gathered significant knowledge and the first vaccinations have started, new mutations can still set our efforts back and possibly make the virus even more potent. Thus, searches […]
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