Michelle Liang

Summer Student

B.Sc. Kinesiology

Project : Bead-tailed actin filaments for laser trap molecular mechanics measurements

I am responsible for optimizing the biochemical protocol used to attach actin filaments to polystyrene beads, in the effort to measure molecular mechanics in a laser trap assay. Specifically, the assay would allow us to bring a bead-tailed actin filament in contact with myosin molecules on a coverslip to then measure their displacement and force through the movement of the bead.

I will be starting DMD studies in September 2018 at Université de Montréal.