University of Southern California
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Analyzing Binding Site Accessibility using Guided Motion Planning
Biography & Research Abstract
Motion planning algorithms are often used to find a path for a robot to travel along through a complex environment. They have also already been used to find and study paths that ligands can travel along to reach a recessed “binding site” on a protein. This project seeks to expand on this research by describing how tunnel volume and energy levels can affect a binding site’s accessibility, and answering how this accessibility determines a protein-ligand pair’s binding affinity.
I am a rising sophomore studying Computer Science at the University of Southern California. I joined the lab in the summer of 2021. I'm interested in biological applications of computer and data science, as well as machine learning and AI.