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Dr. Dorothee Kern

Read about Dorothee Kern, Ph.D., in the February 2003 issue.

Biophysicist
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA

Once a professional basketball player, Dorothee Kern now uses enormous magnets to study the jiggling action of enzymes. She often starts her seminars with a movie of a basketball game, saying that the movement of the athletes is similar to the movement of enzymes in action.

One of the enzymes she studies helps HIV multiply within human cells. Others are linked to cancer or Alzheimer’s disease. A better understanding of the shape and movements of these enzymes could lead to new ways to treat these disorders.

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