• What is your degree program and expected graduation date? BS Biochemistry, BS Mathematics, BA Computer Science, May 2021
• Please describe your research: My research focuses on the development of more accurate and efficient computational protein models and molecular simulation methods.
• In simple terms, why does this research matter? Computational models and simulations create cheaper and more efficient ways to study protein structure and function. The analysis of these models has applications in understanding genetic diseases and molecular design.
• How soon after starting at the University of Iowa were you able to participate in research? I began research in September of my first year at the University of Iowa.
• How has being involved in research made you more successful at the University of Iowa? Getting involved in research has been a great opportunity to apply the knowledge I’ve learned in the classroom and develop my problem-solving skills through experiential learning. I can say without a doubt that research will be the most long-lasting and impactful activity I’ve pursued at the University of Iowa.
• What are your career goals and/or plans after graduation? I plan to obtain a graduate degree in Biochemistry and do research that continues to connect the field of computational biochemistry to medical treatment and drug design.
• Faculty mentor/advisor: Dr. Michael Schnieders
• Hometown: West Des Moines, IA
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