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Faculty in the News: Claudio Grosman, Professor and Head of Molecular and Integrative Physiology

Science, Washington, DC, January 23:

It’s not just the chanciness of sample preparation; it’s also the lack of access that frustrates Claudio Grosman, a biophysicist at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, who studies a membrane protein in muscle cells and neurons that binds to nicotine and other drugs. He is waiting to see whether he will get time at the Simons Center, which has added four NIH-funded Krios machines to three existing ones. “I am used to being limited by my own skills in my lab, by my own capacity to read and understand the literature,” he says. “It’s hard to compete with these labs that have a cryo-EM machine in their basement.”

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