In May 2020, a prestigious science journal, “Langmuir”, published the unique scientific study of Center for Physical Sciences and Technology (FTMC) researcher Ph.D. Simona Strazdaitė: "Structure Determination of Hen Egg-White Lysozyme Aggregates Adsorbed to Lipid/Water and Air/Water Interfaces”. Also, the illustration of this scientific research, created by Simona, was published on the cover of the journal.
Ph.D. S. Strazdaitė is a scientist at the FTMC Department of Organic Chemistry, laboratory of Spectroelectrochemistry. Together with a group of scientists, she has investigated important molecular interactions between protein aggregates and a model cell membrane. The researchers found that protein aggregates get adsorbed to the membrane not only due to attraction between opposite charges, but also due to hydrophobic interaction, which potentially can be amplified if the membrane becomes disordered.
These protein aggregation studies, which Ph.D. S. Strazdaitė is developing together with her colleagues, can contribute to the understanding of the development of complex and incurable Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other neurodegenerative diseases. FTMC scientist Ph.D. Simona Strazdaitė has explained more about the importance of this fundamental scientific discovery and the potential impact.
Simona’s success story can be found here