My name is Lucas Tafur. I have a BSc and Licentiate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, a MSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and a PhD in Molecular (Structural) Biology.

In the lab, I study the relationship between protein structure and function. In my spare time, I read and analyze scientific studies from diverse topics, mostly on nutrition and metabolism. Due to my background, I rely primarily on molecular data and build up from there.

There is the common idea that “science” and “practice” are many times at odds with each other with respect to muscle building. This is false—the term “science” has been hijacked by certain people to promote their interpretation of the data. In reality, basic science nicely explains what we observe in translational research (i.e. studies in “real” people). Unfortunately, many people working in such studies lack the adequate understanding of basic science that allows one to interpret (and design) the data correctly.

Header image taken from the crystal structure of phosphorylated p70S6K1 (PDB 3A62).