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Please feel free to email any of these students for answers to any of your questions about the program.

chatrikhi, rakeshRakesh Chatrikhi

Masters of Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) India

Hello, I am Rakesh Chatrikhi, a proud student of BSCB graduate program. Before becoming a member of Biophysics program, I have graduated from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) India, with a Master of Engineering degree in Biotechnology. It has been almost a year now since I started my Ph.D. program here in Rochester. University of Rochester Medical Center is a great pace to work. People here are very social and always helpful. I have been enjoying my time here with various departmental activities and parties. I have recently joined Dr. Kielkopf's lab. During my Graduate work I would be using X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, fluorescence techniques, calorimetry and computational methods. Rochester is a very livable city! We enjoy different kinds of weather here, including snow-fall (I'm always excited to experience it!). There are many nearby places to hike, bike, ski and party. Apart from working in the lab, I enjoy out-door sports, hiking, visiting tourist spots and watching lots of movies.

horn, joshuaJoshua Horn

B.S. in Bioinformatics, Rochester Institute of Technology

My name is Joshua Horn and I am a entering my 5th year in the Biophysics, Structural and Computational Biology program. I grew up south of Pittsburgh, PA and attended the Rochester Institute of Technology for my B.S. in Bioinformatics. I'm a member of the Grossfield lab, focusing on the use of computational techniques, predominantly molecular simulation, to understanding the structure and dynamics of membrane-associated peptides and proteins. I have two major projects. The first is the biophysical characterization of a broad array of antimicrobial lipopeptides (C16-KGGK, OAKs, fengycin, lactoferricin-B), particularly how they bind and damage bacterial membranes. In my second project, I am trying to uncover the details of lipid-protein interactions involved in the activation of the dim-light receptor rhodopsin. The Biophysics program has collegial faculty, great facilities, and top tier research, providing a great environment to prepare for a career in science. My time here has been very rewarding, with lots of outside collaborations and opportunities to attend national conferences.

smith, karlKarl Smith

B.S. in Physics and English, Allegheny College

My name is Karl Smith, and I am as of now enjoying my second year in the BSCB program. I am a member of the McGrath lab, and I work on characterizing ultrathin porous nanomembranes for use in ultrafiltration systems. Ultimately, I hope that my work will contribute to the creation of a wearable dialysis machine - a pretty cool goal to have, and one that is easy to describe to my parents (unlike my research). The University of Rochester, and especially the BSCB program, is stacked with brilliant and affable professors who are genuinely interested in the success of the students in the program. The medical center is a fine place for research and a fine place to learn how to be a scientist of the highest caliber. My undergraduate degree was in English, as well as Physics, so I am also trying to figure out interesting ways to combine those two interests, and the faculty of the program have been supportive of my efforts. Outside of the lab, I enjoy cataloging the secrets of Rochester (of which there are many), writing mediocre fiction, and playing the guitar.