Self-Assembling Beta-Peptides

While some people in Professor Gellman's group are working on designing drugs, others are working on designing beta peptides that will come together on their own, without any help from an outside source. This process is called self assembly. Think of a marching band that is entertaining the crowd during half time at a football game. Imagine if the marching band members spelled out a word or made the shape of the mascot without a director telling each individual where to go. This would be similar to the way beta-peptides would align to form molecules with interesting properties.