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Professor Peter Knight

Emeritus Professor
Areas of expertise
electron microscopy; motor proteins

I have been fascinated by motor proteins ever since an undergraduate practical class in phase contrast light microscopy where I saw myofibrils isolated from muscle contract when given ATP. Many questions entered my mind at that time: how could such a beautifully ordered structure assemble; how could its components turn over during the lifetime of the muscle cell; what molecular mechanism could convert chemical energy to mechanical force and movement?