Seeing the structure of a protein at the atomic level as an undergrad set off a career in structural biology for Brett Collins. His interest in how cells work, and the techniques used to visualise the complex interaction mechanisms of the structures within, earned him his PhD in 2001. Postdoctorate work at Cambridge University steered him towards ‘membrane trafficking’, the term used to describe how proteins are moved from one part of a cell to another, or indeed between cells, via a complex system of membranes.

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Membrane trafficking at atomic resolution