Charles Miks

Undergraduate Student

  • James Madison High School, Vienna, VA -- Class of 2015
  • B.Sc. in Chemistry with Specialization in Biochemistry, University of Virginia -- expected graduation in 2019
Research Interest:
  • von Willebrand factor as a promotor for platelet adhesion in human blood plasma
  • Aspartate Carbamoyltransferase (ATCase) as a primary catalyst in the pyrimidine biosynthetic pathway of Vibrio cholera
  • Protein structure determination and refinement
  • My research is focused on obtaining structural data for a variety of proteins with unknown functions studied by the Center for Structural Genomics of Infectious Diseases (CSGID). While working on several projects, I hope to optimize stabilizing ligands that will ultimately lead to previously unknown protein models. The overarching goal is to provide a novel understanding of how allosteric regulators, cofactors, and substrates affect protein conformation and function in different pathogenic organisms, such as Staphylococcus aureus, to assist in drug discovery and disease prevention.
  • Recipient of the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science Award (2014)