Group Member Since 2015
B.S., Campbell University, 2014
I am interested in understanding the dynamics of enzymes during catalysis, particularly in how energy flows through enzymes. Gold nanoparticles are biocompatible and serve as an efficient heat source when optically excited due to their surface plasmon resonance optical property. I site-specifically attach enzymes to gold nanoparticles, excite the nanoparticle with a laser, and watch the turnover of the enzyme. Currently, I am most interested in studying the dynamics of dihydrofolate reductase-gold nanoparticle conjugates to understand the idea of preferred energy pathways. I am also interested in studying energy flow through proteins on the ultrafast timescale.
In my free time, I enjoy playing video games, going out for a round of disc golf, and watching sports, particularly hockey.