Tell us about the research you are currently working on.
My research revolves around using molecular simulations for predicting properties important for pharmaceutical drug discovery. I am currently developing software that accelerates simulations for efficient binding affinity calculations and automated tools for identifying potential ligand binding poses. Part of my work also includes designing these toolkits to take advantage of GPU and cloud computing technologies.
Tell us your proudest accomplishment.
In the summer before starting my PhD program, I did an internship at Schrodinger doing scientific software development. Despite having no coding background, the internship went well enough that I was asked to return next summer–which lead to my first publication.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I love that I can work “behind-the-scenes” by developing computational tools/software and knowing that my work will enable others to do greater things in the future as computers continue to get faster.