Mentor: Dr. Gregory Hudalla
College of Engineering
"I love being involved in research at the University of Florida, because I get the opportunity to work alongside talented engineers on cutting edge biotechnologies that have the potential to drastically improve healthcare."
- Protein self-assembly
- Personalized medicine
- University of Florida College of Dentistry
- Project Makeover
Hobbies and Interests
- Computer programming
Self-Assembled Protein Heterotrimers via Charge Complementarity
My research project is to engineer a biomaterial platform based on the self- assembly of fusion proteins. This platform will enable the design of multivalent protein complexes. Applications of this platform include targeted drug delivery, medical diagnostics, and synthetic biology. The self-assembly of these fusion proteins is mediated by the formation of an alpha-helix between three complimentary peptides that have been previously shown to trimerize. This timerization is driven by charge complementarity, which prevents homotrimer formation.