Position title: CBE Undergraduate
Zhiwen Zhang was born and raised in Shanghai, China. He is working towards a bachelor’s 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.
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.