Zhiwen Zhang

Position title: CBE Undergraduate

Email: zzhang558@wisc.edu

Phone: he/him/his

ABOUT ME

Zhiwen Zhang was born and raised in Shanghai, China. He is working towards a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering. He joined the Van Lehn group in the Fall of 2018. And he is a big fan of soccer and basketball.

RESEARCH INTEREST

My research investigates how chemical heterogeneity may affect the hydrophobic interactions by varying types and sequences of polar side chains on peptides. In particular, I am interested in ?peptides that fold into globally amphiphilic helices with side chains of homolysine and homoglutamine residues. I use classical molecular dynamics and enhanced sampling techniques to simulate and analyze the hydrophobic interaction between ?peptides and different surfaces.