Shifra Lansky

Shifra is a PhD student in the field of Chemistry at the Hebrew University. In her research she uses X-ray crystallography to determine the atomic-resolution structures and mechanisms of proteins, focusing specifically on the proteins composing the arabinan utilization system in thermophilic bacteria. Understanding the structure-function relationship of these proteins will not only provide answers to many basic scientific questions, but also enable their use in a wide range of biotechnological applications, such as the production of biofuel from biomass to generate an alternative, renewable, and environmentally friendly source of energy.