Charles Miks

Undergraduate Student


Education:
  • 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:
  • Advillin as an actin-binding protein involved with neuronal morphogenesis in humans
  • von Willebrand factor as a promotor for platelet adhesion in human blood plasma
  • Aspartate Carbamoyltransferase and Dihydroorotase as catalysts of the pyrimidine biosynthetic pathway in Vibrio cholera
  • Protein structure determination and refinement
Projects:
  • 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.
CV:
  • Recipient of Intermediate Honors at the University of Virginia (2017)
  • Recipient of the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science Award (2014)