Zachary Levine, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher
Departments of Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of California, Santa Barbara
I'm currently interested in computational studies of protein and lipid biophysics using molecular dynamics simulations.

As a graduate student at the USC Information Sciences Institute, I carried out molecular dynamics simulations on cellular membranes and other chemical systems in order to investigate how electric feld-mediated nanopores facilitate the rupturing of cellular walls. After obtaining training in physics and computer science, I began postdoctoral research at the University of California Santa Barbara in the Shea group where I study intrinsically disordered protein folding near biological interfaces. These systems are associated with a number of major amyloid diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Type II Diabetes, and over twenty other degenerative disorders.