The URECA website regularly features students’ perspectives on research and/or creative activities. Highlighted this month is Corey Weistuch, an Honors College student with a double major in biochemistry and applied mathematics and statistics. He received this year’s Chhabra-URECA Fellowship, which recognizes undergraduate researchers with tremendous potential who have a passion and talent for science.
Weistuch has been working for almost a year under the mentorship of David F. Green, associate professor and graduate program director in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics. His project involves modeling the reaction network between HIV (gp120), CD4 and CCR5 proteins to understand the initial stages of HIV infection using Gillespie’s algorithm for stochastic simulation of chemical kinetics. As a sophomore, Weistuch took graduate-level courses to enhance his research skills.
He is very interested in the field of systems biology and eventually plans to pursue a PhD in mathematical/computational biology.
Click here for the full interview.
Click here to see past Researchers of the Month.