Biochemistry & Biophysics
I came to RPI in the fall of 2012 as an Undeclared Science major. Although I didn't know what I wanted to major in, I knew that I wanted to continue my education past the undergraduate level. In fact, the existence of the Accelerated BS/PhD program was a large factor in my decision to attend Rensselaer. After experiencing a variety of disciplines, I decided to declare as a Biochemistry and Biophysics major in the spring of 2012. When I received an invitation to the program in the fall of my sophomore year I did not hesitate to apply and was pleased to be accepted.
After having had the pleasure to complete rotations with Professor Chris Bystroff, studying Green Fluorescent Protein, and Professor Catherine Royer, examining the effect of pressure on proteins, I decided to join Professor George Makhatadze's lab. I currently work on a project characterizing fibrils found in semen that have been shown to increase HIV infectivity. Through the use of molecular dynamic simulations I am seeking a conformation that leads to the aggregation of the peptide.
In addition to my research, I am active on campus as a brother of the Delta Phi Fraternity, a mellophone player in the RPI pep band, and a member of the Union Judicial Board. In my free time I also enjoy golfing, playing frisbee, and reading.