B.Sc in Biology, Sociology Minor, University of Virginia, Fall 2014-Present
Salutatorian (Ranked #2 out of 345), Warwick High School, Fall 2010 – Spring 2014
Summer Residential Governor’s School for Life Sciences and Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Summer 2012
Enzymes from the Aldo-Keto-Reductase superfamily in soil bacteria Klebsiella pneumoniae and Sinorhizobium meliloti; protein structure determination and refinement
My current project entails structure determination of various enzymes from the AKR superfamily in soil bacteria Klebsiella pneumoniae and Sinorhizobium meliloti. The AKR superfamily typically catalyzes redox transformations in biosynthesis, intermediary metabolism, and detoxification. It is speculated that the proteins under study may be involved in complex signal exchange mechanisms, which allow the soil bacteria to enter plant hosts and undergo nitrogen-fixation in a symbiotic relationship. My goal is to determine and refine 3D structures of these proteins in complex with various ligands to enable a better understanding of their role in vivo.