Food Protein Structure-Function Lab

University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
What the facility does

Food protein structure-function relationships and engineering

Areas of expertise

As an interdisciplinary food protein lab, our research focuses on both protein biochemistry and biophysics. The Yada lab concentrates primarily on the structure-function relationships of aspartic proteases. Specifically, our research centres on understanding protein folding, the roles of specific residues and/or domains to enzyme function and protein-membrane interactions, the commonality of structure-function relationships across the aspartic protease family and the nature of biochemical changes occurring in food plants post-harvest.

Research services

Circular dichroism spectropolarimetry SDS-PAGE analysis

Sectors of application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment


Jasco J-810 circular dichroism spectropolarimeter

Biotek Synergy H4 hybrid plate reader

MicroCal variable pressure differential scanning microcalorimeter

Syngene ChemiGenius2 bioimaging system

  • Alexander Wlodawer PhD
  • Macromolecular Crystallography Laboratory
  • Center for Cancer Research
  • National Cancer Institute