Ph.D. Graduate Student, Cochran Lab/Walczak Lab
I am in my seventh year of graduate school. I received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Purdue University. I currently work in Dr. Cochran’s lab on the biophysics of kinesin and myosin motor proteins. My project focuses on the human and Drosophila chromokinesins KID and NOD, respectively. We are trying to understand how these motors produce force to achieve their intracellular function. We use structural (crystallography, Cryo-EM), kinetic (steady state and pre-steady state), and microscopy methods to understand the basic properties of these motors.
In my experience students here are not limited by the expertise and equipment of their particular lab to design and complete experiments. This is due to the outstanding instrumentation facilities run by knowledgeable staff and a collaborative environment among labs. I also love living in Bloomington. The surrounding hills, forests, and lakes make for beautiful and fun hikes and bike rides. There are also lots of opportunities to see and listen great music and theater performances at affordable prices for students. The local farmer’s market, fair grounds, restaurants, and festivals keeps you well fed and entertained. There is something for everybody here.