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I’m finishing my PhD in Chemical Engineering at MIT in CSAIL. My research focuses on analytical and computational approaches to understand how proteins facilitate virtually impossible reactions at ambient conditions. During my doctorate, I studied how several enzymes catalyze reactions through an atomistic perspective using molecular dynamics coupled with quantum chemistry (QM/MM). From these simulations, we’ve created predictive models capable of identifying both the structural features most indicative of successful reactions, and the electronic underpinnings of such methods.
In addition to my doctoral work, I work on several side projects in the space of vision, language, and game design. Please feel free to drop a note if you’d like to chat!
PhD in Chemical Engineering, 2020 (Expected)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2013
Johns Hopkins University
I lived with some of the brightest, best students at MIT and had the privilege of being their GRA. The duties of a GRA encompass interpersonal conflict to academic stress. I take deep pride in being part of this community.
I co-founded a group in my department to handle academic stressors. Every REF takes a 40 hour professionally certified conflict-management and mediation training. The group website is here.
I had the pleasure of teaching ChemE’s graduate thermo (focused on stat mech) to over 50 first year grad students. As written qualifiers have been since removed, the first year graduate coursework is critical. I created exams and lesson plans including several simulation based variants (computational Ising Models). My work was awarded the Institute Graduate Teaching Award for the School of Engineering in 2017.
I have trained 5 undergrads and 3 graduate students at my home institution in various enzymology and quantum chemistry related projects. Such projects included transition-state identification for KARI, and machine-learning feature selection for enzymatic drivers of reactivity.