Computational Biophysical Chemist

Computational biophysical chemists use computers to model the ways life functions at the molecular level. The research they do can help find new ways of diagnosing or treating diseases and help us understand how our bodies work. They ask questions like “How can we design new drugs, protein therapeutics, and vaccines?” as Computational Biophysical Chemist Mala L. Radhakrishnan told Math4Science.

She recently attended a lecture about… “snot.” Mucous “has a lot of sticky, adhesive properties” which we might find annoying when we have a cold but “many organisms use mucous to stick to things [and] to move around.” Radhakrishnan and her colleagues ask “Can we take advantage of how nature has assembled molecules … to engineer novel kinds of technology?”