Students participating in GSTEM will be working with a professional on projects such as these:
Proteins often utilize small folded domains for recognition of other biomolecules. The basic hypothesis guiding the research in this chemistry lab is that by mimicking these folded domains we can modulate the function of a particular protein with metabolically stable synthetic molecules. The student will participate in the design and synthesis of protein domain mimetics.
Most macromolecular crystals are made by trial and error. We have a system involving robust DNA motifs that pre-specifies the intermolecular contacts through sticky-ended cohesion. We are examining a variety of different parameters that affect this cohesion to establish their impact on the quality of the cry
This project will involve using an atomic force microscope (AFM) to image magnetic nanostructures. The aim is to determine the direction that nanometer scale magnets on a surface are magnetized and then the conditions under which their magnetization directions can be altered. The student will use a state-of-the-art microscope equipped with a magnetic tip for these experiments.
Searches for light dark matter (dark matter particles with masses roughly 10 times that of a proton) often involve relying on the tails of various distributions. Whether the velocity distribution of WIMPs in the halo of the galaxy, or the likelihood that photons be detected in a detector, whether a model is excluded or not depends on these parameters. The student will develop a code to understand the limits under standard assumptions, and then model how changes to these assumptions can modify limits in the context of existing dark matter searches.