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WHOI marine chemist Mak Saito has developed new techniques to detect and measure proteins used by marine organisms, particularly metalloproteins, which contain iron, zinc, cobalt, and other elements. (Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Valeria Culotta’s lab at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health investigates what she called “metal-trafficking” in organisms­—the biochemical mechanisms that cells and pathogens use to acquire and manipulate metal ions for their biological purposes. Knowing details of how that happens offers ways to disrupt the process and deter disease. (Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health)

WHOI Research Association Matt McIlvin (Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)