Proteins are the little machines that make cells work—they’re responsible for nearly all biological functions. But right now, scientists don’t have effective methods, let alone instruments, to study them. Nikolai Slavov, assistant professor of bioengineering, plans to change that with new funding from the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group.
Quantifying the proteins in a single cell has implications for cell biology, cancer treatments, and stem cell research. But so far, scientists have been able to identify fewer than 100 proteins in an individual cell. Nikolai Slavov, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Northeastern, has devised a method to quantify 10 times that many.