Computational Biologist / Researcher and Student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts and Seattle, Washington, USA / Japanese and Alutiiq (Alaska Native)
🎓 Expected: B.S. in Computer Science & Molecular Biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
😁 Kristy was first drawn to computer science when she programmed in Scratch as a middle school student.
Kristy helps develop new medications more effciently by using artifcial intelligence to predict interaction between potential drugs and their targets.
ABOUT THE POSTER
The background is a visualization Kristy made of a simulation showing the Ras protein interacting with a cell membrane. The Ras protein is involved in about 30% of human tumors. Blue indicates regions of the protein that contact the membrane the most. White indicates regions that do not contact the membrane as often. Red indicates regions that do not contact the membrane. Learning about how Ras interacts with the membrane helps scientists figure out what kind of drug might be most effective.
WATCH & DISCUSS
Video: Using AI To Transform Drug Discovery
Why is AI being used to help develop medications?
What other areas of medicine do you think technology could help improve?
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