Lori Isom specializes in (and adores) the elegant, intricate field of Biochemistry. Her research involves the computational analysis of 3D biomacromolecular structures including proteins, DNA, RNA as well as protein/DNA complexes. The primary focus of her research is the investigation of the effect of cation (positively-charged atoms or molecules) binding on macromolecular structure. Such influence on nucleic acid and/or protein structure promotes proper folding and activity of the macromolecule and may be involved in cellular processes such as gene activation, DNA replication and repair, all of which are components that when malfunctioning can lead to the development of cancer and other diseases. More information can be found on Dr. Isom’s web page.