Structural and Functional Studies on Human Mitochondrial Iron-Sulfur Cluster Biosynthesis
Kai Cai is fascinated by how cells regulate the many molecules, such as iron, inside them. In the Markley Lab, Kai studies how mitochondria — the organelles responsible for energy production — synthesize iron-sulfur clusters, which cells use to regulate iron levels, as well as assist with many other complex processes. He found that one of the proteins involved in assembling the cluster actually has two confirmations that can interconvert based on what the cells requires.
Learn more about his findings at his Thesis Review at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4 in the Khorana Auditorium.