Stephanie Healey | Apr. 17, 2014 | Notre Dame College of Science
Senior biochemistry and French double major Sylvia Yong of Gainesville, Fla. has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright award to pursue research at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France. She was a research intern at Institut Pasteur last summer in the unit of biochemistry of macromolecular interactions.
In the fall, Yong will explore the structure and molecular mechanisms of the Bordetella pertussis toxin adenylate cyclase (CyaA). In addition to having important implications for understanding the role of this toxin in the pertussis disease, better understanding of the structural properties and the translocation mechanisms of CyaA will also allow for further engineering of this molecule that is used as an efficient antigen delivery vector in innovative therapeutic vaccines.