Enhancements    

Ricardo Bernal

 
2.0406
Chemistry and Computer Science Building
El Paso Texas, 79968
Homerbernal@utep.edu
Phone Logo(915) 747-6918
HomeWeb Site
Curriculum Vitae

CENTERS AND COMMUNITIES

None

NETWORKS

Ricardo Bernal
My featured awards
Associate Professor, Chemistry

Currently, Dr. Bernal's lab is focused on the human mitochondrial chaperonin hsp60 and its co-chaperonin hsp10. Almost every function in a cell is the result of the action of proteins and so it is critical that proteins fold properly through the use of specialized protein complexes called chaperonins. Dr. Bernal's research investigates the process by which human chaperonins fold misfolded proteins by probing the changes in the chaperonin that take place during a protein folding cycle. Understanding how protein folding intermediates function might then lead to targets for the treatment of diseases such as hereditary spastic paraplegia and mitochondrial hsp60 chaperonopathy.

KEYWORDS

  1. Biochemistry
  2. Cryo-electron microscopy
  3. Neurodegenerative disorders
  4. Protein folding
  5. X-ray crystallography

UTEP STRATEGIC AREAS

  1. Health & Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
  2. Cross-cutting: Cyberinfrastructure and Collaborative Environments
  3. Other