"There are two projects, both of them computational. The student will learn the basics of Molecular Dynamics simulations and then will be able to perform simulations of polymers interacting with nanoparticles that are functionalized with DNA or investigate how proteins interact with other proteins as well with phospholipids (project 2). If the student works efficiently, it may result in a publication in a refereed journal. Besides, he/she will be exposed to the materials and methods needed to understand the nano-world."
Program mentor: Alex Travesset, associate professor, physics and astronomy, Iowa State University