Robin S. Farmer

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Micrometer and submicrometer diameter fibers of recombinant dragline spider silk analogues, synthesized via protein engineering strategies, have been electrospun from 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol (HFIP) and compared with cast films via Raman spectroscopy in order to assess changes in protein conformation that may result from the electrospinning(More)
In this work, the self-assembly of a recombinant elastin-based block copolymer containing both hydrophobic and cross-linking domains from the human elastin protein was investigated. The particle formation and dynamic behavior were characterized using inverted microscopy and dynamic light scattering. The morphology and stability were evaluated using scanning(More)
The synthesis of protein-based polymers with controlled conformational properties and functional group placement offers many opportunities for the design of advanced materials. In this work, protein engineering methods have been used to produce repetitive alanine-rich protein polymers with the sequence [(AAAQ)(5)(AAAE)(AAAQ)(5)](x) (x = 2 and 6); these(More)
Protein engineering strategies have proven valuable for the production of a variety of well-defined macromolecular materials with controlled properties that have enabled their use in a range of materials and biological applications. In this work, such biosynthetic strategies have been employed in the production of monodisperse alanine-rich, helical protein(More)
"This paper seeks to assess the value of the overseas-born members of the labour force in ensuring a flexible labour supply in New Zealand since the beginning of the 1970s. Three main issues are considered: first, the role of the labour market in New Zealand's immigration policy; second, international migration trends and the labour market; and third, the(More)
Helical alanine-rich polypeptides with functional groups displayed along the backbone can display desired molecules such as saccharides or therapeutic molecules at a prescribed spacing. Because these polypeptides have promise for application as biomaterials, the conformation and association of these molecules have been investigated under biologically(More)
The quantum yields for cyclobutylpyrimidine dimers, alkali-labile sites, and frank strand breaks in double-stranded DNA have been measured using low-intensity radiation at 199.8, 217.8, and 239.5 nm from a Raman-shifted frequency quadrupled Nd:YAG laser. The quantum yield for cyclobutylpyrimidine dimers was also measured using 254 nm radiation from a(More)
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