Justin A. Drake has been awarded one of the 2015-2016 Blue Waters Graduate Fellowships. These national fellowships are awarded to exceptional computational science PhD graduate students in diverse fields and provides the opportunity for students to take advantage of the petascale supercomputer Blue Waters at NCSA to further their research. Blue Waters is a National Science Foundation supported supercomputer. Congratulations to Justin and the other 2015-2016 recipients.

Our interdisciplinary research seeks to understand the behavior of proteins and nucleic acids in complex biological fluids. The solution environment, as well as the sequence, are known to determine the conformation, kinetic, and thermodynamic behavior of polymers. Projects in my laboratory use theoretical and computational approaches, combined with experimental data, to investigate an array of problems related to recognition, folding, kinetics, and mechanism.