Vivian Loi

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Vivian Loi

My internship with Dr. Silvia Crivelli was one of the best summer experiences that I ever had. Not only did I get to spend a great amount of time in the college town of Berkeley, but I also learned a lot working as a WeFold student. It was my first time being exposed to protein structure in this kind of manner. I worked with a group of research interns in a company-like setting. We all sat in the same room, with our own desks, and had different tasks to complete. Some tasks required help from others and others needing help from me, such as the files I was processing, or me having questions about programming. It was also very cool that I got to send jobs to these fast supercomputers. Being part of WeFold, one important lesson that I learned was that any person can accept any task. I was new to computer programming, but I was able to learn how to write job scripts (even parallel jobs) in less than 8 weeks. It was amazing to know that I can do that and be able to contribute to our research. Proteins are very important to one's health and learning and applying its information can help advance medicine and research that can save many lives. Overall, I loved my experience working with WeFold! It was great contributing to research, working with others, and learning new and useful tools!