Dr. Elif Eren’s education and career focused on the biochemical transport of heavy metals across biological membranes. After receiving her Ph.D., she pursued her interest in structural biology, focusing on X-ray crystallography to understand structural basis of drug transport across the biological membranes of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Currently, Dr. Eren is examining structural aspects of viral pathogenicity.
Dr. Eren’s research focuses on using X-ray crystallographic techniques to obtain structural information about viral proteins that are involved in viral replication or pathogenicity. She is currently working on multiple projects in collaboration with scientists from the Protein Expression Laboratory (PEL). Primary projects involve the crystallization of herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1) capsid triplex, hepatitis B virus (HBV) e- and c-antigens in complex with various antibodies and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) rev protein in complex with rev response element (RRE). The ultimate goal of the research is to use the structural information to design antiviral peptides and drugs.