Platt Lab & EBICS Take Over Protease Conference in Italy
EBICS trainee Simone Douglas, PhD student of Dr. Manu Platt, attended the Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) and Conference (GRC) on Proteolytic Enzymes and Their Inhibitors in Lucca (Barga), Italy! Simone delivered a talk titled “Human Cathepsins K, L, and S: Related Proteases, but Unique Fibrinolytic Activity” at the GRS and presented a poster on the topic. At the GRC, she had an opportunity to give a 3-minute rapid fire talk as a preview to the poster session. Simone talked to other researchers about EBICS and how regulation of proteolytic activity is important in the design of engineered living systems. The data presented was well received by the protease community! Fibrin as a substrate for degradation by cathepsins is novel, and many researchers believe understanding this proteolytic mechanism is important for future fibrin-based tissue engineered constructs. Simone acknowledges that her collaborations through EBICS sparked the exploration of this topic and was grateful for the opportunity to present her work at an international conference.