Part 1: The building blocks of life
Professor Yvonne Jones is director of the Cancer Research UK Receptor Structure Research Group. Her research focuses on the structural biology of cell surface recognition and signalling complexes. Receptors embedded in the surface are potential targets for therapeutic intervention in many diseases including cancer.
Our bodies are made up of trillions of cells, which all have to communicate with each other for things to work correctly.
As well as performing many functions in the body, proteins help our cells to communicate. Every protein within the body has its own job to do. Some are involved in structural support and bodily movement, while others help us fight off germs.
When a protein's function is inhibited, cell communication is compromised, which can cause diseases such as cancer.
It makes you wonder how it all works. Is it just luck or organised chaos? Find out more in Part 2: Oxford and the history of structural biology