WeFold_CASP11

Professor John Hatherill

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The participation in WeFold- the competition for protein structure prediction has been an exciting and rewarding experience.  I have learned the very complex nature of predicting protein native structures.  The WeFold experience will directly strengthen and impact the biotechnical science courses at my home institution by implementing the use of advanced technologies in classes and providing hands-on experiences in protein structure prediction. The research on protein folding, however, is no longer an esoteric field with only theoretical significance. In the classroom setting, learning about the disease mechanisms such as Creutzfeldt–Jakob…read more

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Professor Jesse Fox

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My first experience with any kind of computer occurred in junior high school in 1984 with the Commodore Series computer, where data was kept on a floppy disk and the memory was measured in kilobytes.  My experience with computer programming occurred in college and in graduate school.  In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, we were instructed to use BASIC, COBOL and UNIX.  In graduate school, we used UNIX as a storage for graded chemistry laboratories.  Who would have even fathom the thought, that one day, I would have the…read more

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Anthony Lopez

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Hello, my name is Anthony, an intern in the Berkeley Lab Undergraduate Research program during the summer 2014 term; I have been working under the supervision of Dr. Silvia Crivelli in the Computational Research Division group at Berkeley Lab. This internship is focused around computational biology, something very new to me. I have a background in biology and very little knowledge of the computer science field. I have learned so much, especially since I started practically with a clean slate on day one. I learned how to use the Unix…read more

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Rehan Raiyyani

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For my summer term of 2014 at the United States Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, I am conducting research in computational molecular biology for a blind submission experiment for the Critical Assessment of Protein Structure Prediction (CASP) initiative. In this process, I am formulating algorithms to help identify three dimensional protein structures based on amino acid sequences, hydrophilic properties, repulsive forces, and other protein folding propensities. When proteins do not fold properly, diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other illnesses may develop. Because I found this scientific…read more

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Satinder Singh

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I have learned a great deal from my time here. I originally applied to bolster my applications for graduate school but what I took out from this experience was so much more. I’ve gained skills in parallel coding practices. I have increased my expertise in UNIX and in other programming languages. I have a greater understanding on the amount of work and commitment involved in large projects. This experience has taught me many life lessons that I will continue to cherish. The different types of people from different backgrounds truly…read more

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Jennifer Ogden

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My name is Jennifer Ogden. I am an incoming sophomore studying engineering at Saint Mary’s College of California and throughout our internship, my partner, Rachel, and I both worked on improving the filtering process of the CASP11 submissions. Ever since high school, I have always been interested in bioengineering, so when I heard about the WeFold project it sounded like the perfect opportunity to learn more about proteins and their functions as well as an opportunity to get more involved with computer sciences. Before I started my internship, my understanding…read more

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Chris Cook

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This internship has brought about many firsts for me, my first time in California, first time using a MacBook, first time using computer science, my first time using a super computer. As far back as I can remember I have known what computer science was, I just never knew how to use it or what its real life applications could be. Working with CASP11 and the Wefold community has been an amazing experience, and I have learned quite a bit. Being a person who lives with Phenylketonuria (PKU), a rare…read more

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Ricardo Ferreira

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This internship has been a great learning curve for me, as I am not a computer science (CS) major. Coming in I was clueless about what was to code. I thought it was ones and zeros. Another internship student told me that I just described binary, and that coding is something completely different in which he proceeded to show me what programing was. I have learned a great amount of skills that at this time I don’t truly know how to apply it to real life, but I am learning how. I’ve…read more

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Rachel Davis

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Why I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love WeFold By Rachel Davis Hello! My name is Rachel Davis. I’m a rising junior at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa where I’m double majoring in mathematics and computer science. I’m beginning to look around and consider graduate schools, so I decided to try for an REU this summer. Luckily, Silvia was willing to take me under her wing and introduced me to WeFold. WeFold is an incredible collaboration in which everyone is so nice and willing to help out; it was…read more

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Protein Folding

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WeFolders have generated 11 hybrid pipelines so far. Would you like to participate? Please join us! We contribute We collaborate We learn WeFold!

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