Classification: Alien [not the extraterrestrial type]
Born:12-30-1979, El Salvador, CA
My Ph.D. research was aimed at the areas of energetics, stability, subunit association and other factors that define the process by which a disordered protein chain attains its unique three-dimensional structure. By making use of ancient computational methods such as CHARMM, AMBER, and DEDUCTIVE REASONING I plan to add a factor of predictability to the three-dimensional structure of proteins in the near future. My Ph.D. thesis investigated the energetics leading to the formation of homotypic helical bundles using the effective energy function EEF1.1
Adviser: Themis'tocles Lazaridis, Ph.D.
This area of research investigates the structure and dynamics of proteins immobilized in a tetramethoxysilane (TMOS) sol-gel matrix. The porous matrix allows water and small molecules to diffuse in and out. Thus when samples are submerged in buffer, the encapsulated proteins are solvated. An important application of this property is the encapsulation of Hemoglobin using different preparation protocols to lock a given quaternary structure and study the functional properties of distinct, interconverting conformations.
Adviser: Uri Samuni, Ph.D.
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Department of Chemistry
Queens College of New York
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Queens, NY 11367