I received an email form a professor in Massachusetts who was preparing for a special announcement: Sravanti Viadya was to take the final leap towards her PhD. As a special gift for this important event I was commissioned to create a three dimensional model of a special Protein.
In her words:
This pendant called “Extended Helices” shows the unique parts of the structure of a protein, called caspase-6. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts study this protein because caspase-6 plays an important role in Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease. The structure of caspase-6, which was determined by Sravanti Viadya and Jeanne Hardy, showed structural changes as the three helices extended upward toward the caspase-6 active site. This “extended helices” piece was commissioned for Dr. Vaidya as gift for her Ph.D. graduation.
Jeanne sent me images of the protein with the hope I could create a relief (one sided sculpture) for an amulet, however she said “if you can make it three dimensional, that would be better”. Better is better, so I made it as a full 3D sculpture. Shown here in 24k gold.
She was presented with the necklace when she “defended” her paper and immediately used it as a teaching aide to explain the science behind it.
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