The Scientist

Date: September 2, 1996


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Robert T. Sauer, Whitehead Professor of Biochemistry,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Robert Sauer, who was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences in 1996, is a protein chemist and structural biologist. His basic research is aimed at understanding how the amino acid sequence of a protein directs its folding into the proper three-dimensional structure and how this structure mediates biological function. For these studies, he uses small bacteriophage repressor proteins as model systems. These proteins, which regulate gene expression, can be manipulated by powerful genetic selections for and against activity and can be purified in large amounts for other biochemical and...

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