Professor Frances Arnold, who received Finland's most important science prize, the Millennium Technology Prize in May 2016, visits Oulu on Wednesday 15 June 2016. She will hold an open public lecture in the Saalastinsali hall of the University of Oulu at 14:00-15:00.
In her lecture Professor Arnold will speak about her pioneering innovation, the so-called 'directed evolution', which mimics natural selection in a laboratory. With directed evolution, enzymes can be created with useful properties that would not develop without human intervention.
With directed evolution it is possible to create new and better proteins for using, for example, in producing renewable energy. The technology can be used to produce enzymes which convert plant cellulose into biofuels and chemicals.
With Professor Arnold's innovation it will also be possible to engineer enzymes to manufacture medicine more efficiently. Several medicines have been produced with the method, such as a new kind of drug for type 2 diabetes.
Last updated: 14.6.2016