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Zoe Nordquist

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research

Molecular dynamics simulations

Using Newton’s laws to simulate molecular motion, like these wiggling waters:

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Physics-based modeling of Hsp70-substrate binding

Molecular chaperones like DnaK help fold misfolded proteins,
but how do they distinguish well-folded, misfolded, and disordered regions?

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Protein-like nanopore dewetting

Why do some protein ion channels like the BK channel, which are quite large ~1.2 nm diameter, have vapor rather than physical barriers?

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BK Channel Hydrophobic Gating

Hydrophobic dewetting forms a vapor barrier and closes BK Channel; what role do specific mutations play in (de-)stabilizing this delicate liquid-vapor interplay?

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BK Gating Voltage Predictor

Given abundant mutational data, I’m leveraging molecular and statistical modeling to predict gating voltage of the BK channel.

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talks

teaching

Guest lecture: Molecular Mechanics

I gave a lecture on molecular mechanics in Jianhan’s graduate-level statistical mechanics course. Read more

Undergraduate Research Mentoring

I have mentored a few undergraduate students at UMass Amherst (2019-2021). I hope to continue this in my own teaching career, through small projects, independent studies, and research projects integrated into courses. Read more

Scientific Storytelling

Effective scientific storytelling is similar to telling a fairy-tale.

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Natural Sciences First-Year Seminar

The goal of the FYS is to welcome first-year CNS students and prepare them for college and for a major in the sciences.
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