Hello, and welcome to my website! My posts generally come in one of two flavors: discussing an article I find interesting or explaining a concept in science by providing some intuition. Below, you can find some information about me.


Recent Posts

December 10, 2017

With this post, I want to introduce the concept of a random walk and point out some their many real-world applications.

Say you find yourself at the corner of a street block and decide to randomly move north, south, east, or west. After moving one block, you find yourse...

December 3, 2017

With this post, I want to provide some intuition on the concept of entropy through analogy by Rubik’s cube. Broadly speaking, entropy is a powerful tool which relates the microscopic character of a system to its macroscopic observables in a compact and analytic fashion...

October 24, 2017

Out of context, Maxwell’s Demon evokes an image of a hounding remorse circling James Clerk Maxwell for some debauchery committed in his earlier years.  Alas, Maxwell’s Demon is totally unrelated to any purported debauchery, as far as I know. Rather than plodding throug...

October 2, 2017

Whether it's overcoming the incessant urge to hit snooze again, or pushing to finally complete that manuscript, you and I cross barriers everyday. The very same is true of the most fundamental natural phenomena. 

For example, consider the all too familiar rubb...

September 16, 2017

Lets play a game. Imagine you have some dice. The rules of the game are as follows:

1) Roll all your dice at once

2) Remove any dice that land on a 6

3) Pick up your remaining dice and repeat until no dice remain

As an illustration, say you start with four dice. After the...

August 14, 2017

An atomistic simulation of a polymer equilibrating. Each individual 'ball' represents a molecule. 

This blog post has quite a different theme than the others. Rather than reviewing a published article, I will be speaking about some of my own work. Having recently return...

Link to the actual article can he found here

The article beings by describing what an energy landscape is, and how the principal of minimal frustration manifests itself through the energy landscape model of protein folding (and unfolding).

A useful video I found in und...

January 9, 2017

Article citation:

J. Valle-Orero, et al., The elastic free energy of a tandem modular protein under force, Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (2015), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbrc.2015.03.051 

The article itself can be found here.

This article presents...

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About Me

I am currently a graduate student in Prof. Andrew Ferguson's group at University of Chicago working at the interface of machine learning, molecular simulation, and materials science. As an undergrad, I was a Physics & Math double major and Chemistry minor at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee where I worked at a biophysics laboratory studying how protein hydrogels respond to force. When I'm not endlessly debugging my code, I like to quickly solve Rubik's cubes (average time ~22 seconds), read classic literature, and play the occasional game of chess. You can click here to see my CV.


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