"My main reason for applying to the Scholars program was to get money for research that I was going to do anyways, though I certainly hope the structure and requirements imposed by the USP help with a more formal introduction to the research process. My goals for this academic year are to improve my GPA, spend more time on research, and further narrow down options for graduate studies."
I'm essentially an applied mathematics junkie - I'm interested in probability theory, statistical theory, computational chemistry, computational biology, and biostatistics.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Pride Student Union Chemistry Club
Hobbies and Interests
- Esoterica, gender and sexuality studies, and cooking.
Analysis of Lipid Bilayer Fluctuations
The overall goal is to understand how surfactants modify the properties of lipid bilayers. It has been observed that surfactants allow an opening and closing of sorts of cells; nobody really understands how such works. In the interest of explaining such, molecular dynamics simulations containing surfactant contaminated lipid bilayers have been produced. After production of data, methods from the study of dynamical systems, statistical physics, and high-dimensional statistics will be employed to get a better idea of the matter. As of the writing of this description, the conversion of Hamiltonian mechanics to a distribution is being explored for ease in computation while the computing cluster is down for updates. The usage of diffusion maps, as originally sought by the project, may not provide any additional explanation of the phenomena, hence the search for alternative methods of analysis. Real-world applications particularly concern drug delivery and nanotoxicity induced by increased cell permeability.