I completed my PhD in Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology under the direction of Joshua Kritzer, PhD.
My thesis work focused on using small molecule inhibitors to target protein-protein interactions that have long been considered undruggable because too much surface area is involved in the interaction between them. I utilized cyclic peptides to do just this and designed very specific inhibitors that target the required hotspots that make these interactions possible. These peptide inhibitors may be the key to targeting protein interactions relevant to areas of cancer cell signaling, viral entry into host cells, and more.
I am now completing the fourth year of medical school.