Patrick Walter

Nationality:

    Germany

Institution:

Institut Pasteur

Supervision:

Dr. Hélène Munier-Lehmann (IP), Dr. Helen Boyd (AZ)

Research Topic:

Identification and characterization of allosteric sites of UMP kinase

About the project:

My Ph.D. project focuses on the identification and characterization of allosteric sites of the uridine monophosphate kinase of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Therefore, I mainly will apply biochemical methods like enzymatic assays, biophysical techniques like SPR, thermal shift assays, small angle X-ray scattering or ITC as well as X-ray crystallography to solve the structure of still unknown binding-sites. Fragment screening carried out by soaking approaches shall help to identify potential new inhibitors. Furthermore, I’m interested in UMPK interacting proteins that allows me to work deeper at the field of molecular biology. Dealing with all these diverse fields of science gives me the possibility to cooperate not only with colleagues of the different research groups within the Institut Pasteur but also with colleagues of the AEGIS project all over Europe.

 

Personal information:

Born and grown up in Franconia, Germany, I did my B.Sc. in Biochemistry at the University of Ulm. Afterwards I obtained my M.Sc. at the Philipps-University of Marburg where I did my thesis at the research group of Prof. Klebe at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Thanks to the ITN fellowship (AEGIS project) I’m now able to do my Ph.D. at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. Besides the work within an international environment at a high scientific institution it gives me also the possibility to refresh my memories in the French language and to take part at the excited Parisian lifestyle.

 

Secondments:

Astra Zeneca (3 Monate)

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