How DNA is Folded in Cells and Why it Matters

Science for the Public Lectures
October 14, 2014 The Robbins Library, Arlington MA
Sponsored by Friends of the Robbins Library

Jané Kondev, Ph.D. Professor and Chair, Department of Physics, and HHMI Professor, Brandeis University
The Kondev Group


DNA is the software that makes every living thing on our planet work. DNA is also a molecule that can be meters in length. So how does it fit inside a cell, and does it matter? Although very long, a DNA molecule is extremely thin, not more than a few water molecules across, which is why it easily fits inside a cell once it's been folded many thousands of times. How it folds is important. Dr. Kondev explains the basic science of how DNA is folded up in viruses and cells and how solving this folding puzzle might affect our understanding of disease and cancer.
Meet Professor Kondev

Professor Kondev named one of 15 HHMI professors

Physical Biology of the Cell Rob Phillips, Jané Kondev, Julie Theriot and Hernan Garcia (2012)
This textbook won the Society of Biology Book Award in 2013
review of the book

image credit: mycoplasma cell, illustration by David Goodsell, Scripps Research Inst