CURB Members

Current CURB Members

Jordan Boysen

I am in a Huang group doing computational chemistry. In my research, I use machine learning and deep learning techniques to study the dynamics and kinetics of biochemical systems. For this research, I use MD simulation data to interpolate the dynamical properties that are useful in many different applications. Recently, I just finished a project that can successfully identify the transition states of biomolecular processes from many short simulation trajectories. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about undergraduate research.

Sofia Merrick


Hi! I am currently a sophomore majoring in Biochemistry with a certificate in History. I joined the Cavagnero group in January 2023, where I have been performing research aimed at reducing protein aggregation in bacterial cells. My current project focuses on accomplishing this by inducing mutations in E. coli and determining if these mutations decrease the yield of insoluble protein. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about research or your undergraduate experience in general!

Daria Rudykh


Daria is from Madison, WI. She’s currently majoring in chemical engineering and computer science. She joined the Boydston Group in March 2022 on the additive manufacturing team. Some of her many research interests include photochemistry, polymer science, superconductors, and more. Besides science, Daria loves playing the clarinet, cooking, and playing UNO with friends!

Brendan Prosser


Hello! I am a junior double majoring in Biochemistry and Microbiology with a certificate in Global Health. I joined the Blackwell Group in February of 2022. I have worked on various projects involving the use of pan group agonists and pan group inhibitors of bacterial quorum sensing in S. epidermidis and S. aureus. Through the use of PCR, biological reporter assays, and other laboratory techniques, I’ve worked to understand more about quorum sensing using the Agr system. Research has always been a passion of mine since freshman year and I would love to answer any questions!

Khush Patel


Hi! I am a sophomore studying Neurobiology with a Data Science certificate. I joined the Saha Lab fall of 2022, where my project mainly focuses on manufacturing K9 CAR T Cells with the use of CRISPR. Specifically, my project this semester is to develop a CAR construct by utilizing restriction digest and ligation methods in hopes to improve the success rate of CAR trafficking to the cell membrane. I am happy to answer any research-related questions, so feel free to reach out!

Tyler Chang


I am a junior double majoring in computer science and data science. I’ve worked in the Hoskins Lab since January 2023, where I conduct protein purification and enzyme quantification. My active project focuses on a protein called DDX41 and its role in RNA metabolism, specifically working to characterize the enzyme’s nucleic acid binding/unwinding and ATP hydrolysis. I am excited to help anyone get involved in research. Please reach out if you have any questions, especially if they’re related to interdisciplinary research!

Grace Gooley


I’m a senior majoring in Chemistry with a certificate in Environmental Studies. I joined the Hermans group in January 2023. I am working on oxidation on MC chemistry using a flow reactor and using GC-MS for data analysis. Soon, we will analyze our reactor samples with x-rays. I will be working on my senior thesis, which I am really excited about! I have enjoyed my time in research, and I am to answer any questions about research or the chemistry major!