I'm currently interested in computational studies of protein and lipid biophysics using molecular dynamics
As a graduate student at the USC Information Sciences Institute
, I carried out molecular dynamics simulations on cellular membranes and other chemical systems in order to investigate how electric feld-mediated nanopores facilitate the rupturing of cellular walls. After obtaining training in physics and computer science, I began postdoctoral research at the University of California Santa Barbara
in the Shea group
where I study intrinsically disordered protein folding near biological interfaces. These systems are associated with a number of major amyloid diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Type II Diabetes, and over twenty other degenerative disorders.
© Zachary A. Levine |