Zachary A. Levine
Postdoctoral Researcher | Shea Lab
Departments of Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Materials Research Laboratory
University of California, Santa Barbara

Welcome to my research page. I'm a computational protein and lipid biophysicist who uses molecular dynamics simulations to study protein folding in a variety of complex environments.

I'm currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California Santa Barbara in the Shea group, where I study protein aggregation and amyloid plaque formation on biological interfaces. These systems play a significant role in over twenty major degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Type II Diabetes, where protein unfolding and aggregation can gradually inhibit proper cellular function. More information about my work can be found here. I recieved training in physics and computer science from the USC Information Sciences Institute, where I carried out simulations of cell membrane electropermeabilization to study the interactions between external electric fields and biological systems.

A recent article on one of the projects I was a lead author on was featured in the February edition of the UCSB Current (and on SciCasts and ScienceDaily).

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