Joshua Pritchett

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Joshua Pritchett

    My experience working with Dr. Silvia Crivelli and the WeFold lab was one that I'll never forget -- for many great reasons. Although the work is very demanding and the learning curve is steep, the team oriented environment helps make the transition as easy as possible. Coming into this internship, I had no prior knowledge of protein structure prediction, and I also did not have a biology background. In addition, I did not have any experience with implementing machine learning algorithms, or implementing concurrent programs on a supercomputer. However, with the guidance of Dr. Crivelli and her countless resources, I was able to make a contribution to the research. I have gained so much experience and knowledge that a classroom setting could never provide. The biggest gain from this entire experience is probably the confidence that the WeFold team has given me to work in multidisciplinary environments. This summer, I (a computer science major) was paired with a group of industrial engineers to approach the problem of protein structure prediction. Being that we all think in different ways to solve similar problems, putting our brains together often resulted in very creative and clever solutions. If I could do this internship all over again knowing what the outcome would be, I'd do it in a heartbeat! Thank you WeFold for the opportunity!