Ph.D. Student using Molecular Dynamics simulations to study substrate specificity in proteins. Passionate about science communication, mental health, and making higher education more accessible to all communities.
Advisor: Dr. Steven Nielsen
Research Interests: Computational Chemistry, specifically the use of MD simulations to study proteins.
Advisor:Dr. Bukuo Ni
Research Interests: Organic synthesis, specifically the use of a diarylpyrolinol silyl ether derivative as an organocatalyst for asymmetric cycloadditions.
Courses:General Chemistry I & II Labs
I supervise the students as they perform experiments, as well as instruct and guide them in chemistry topics, lab protocols, and use of Excel to analyze data. I've also worked with Dr. Aman Sra, senior lecturer, to revise the lab schedule to ensure all students are adequately prepared, regardless of previous education or experience.
The McNair Scholar program is a federally funded program to assist first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students prepare for graduate studies or other post-baccaleurette programs. By being a Scholar, I performed a 10-week undergraduate research project under the guidance of Dr. Bukuo Ni, focusing on organic synthesis. I also had the opportunity to present my work at multiple conferences, both orally and in poster-form.
I performed both one-on-one and group tutoring for students in general or organic chemistry, and college or university physics. My major task was disseminating the concepts into language understandable by my tutees, which varied greatly by their own experiences and educational background. I also created study guides and practice problem worksheets in order to better help them prepare. During my last year, I was allowed to lead a 1 credit hour "Workshop" class for general chemistry in which students worked in groups to go through practice problems relevant to their lecture.
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