There are two projects, both of them computational.
Project 1: The student will learn the basics of Molecular Dynamics simulations and then will be able perform simulations of polymers interacting with nanoparticles that are functionalized with DNA.
Project 2: Investigate how proteins interact with other proteins as well with phospholipids. 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