Michael Hecht, Princeton University

Professor Princeton, New Jersey hecht@princeton.edu Office: (609) 258-2901

Bio/Research

Research in the Hecht group focuses in two areas: Synthetic Biology and Alzheimer's Disease. Although these fields may seem quite different, they explore two facets of the same problem. Synthetic biology requires an ability to devise novel proteins, which ultimately comes down to designing amino ...

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Bio/Research

Research in the Hecht group focuses in two areas: Synthetic Biology and Alzheimer's Disease. Although these fields may seem quite different, they explore two facets of the same problem. Synthetic biology requires an ability to devise novel proteins, which ultimately comes down to designing amino acid sequences that fold into a specific 3-dimensional structure. Conversely, probing the molecular underpinnings of Alzheimer’s disease requires an understanding of how sequences fail to fold into globular protein structures, but instead misfold into oligomeric or fibrillar structures.

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