Farhad is a Ph.D. student in the Chemistry department at the University of Florida. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran in 2013. He then joined Prof. Mehmet Sayar’s group at Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey. His study examined the transferability of atomistic and coarse-grained models with the example of an amphiphilic peptide with lysine-leucine repeating residues (LK) using molecular dynamics simulations. During that time he developed a transferable coarse-grained model for peptides that displays an environment driven conformational transition. He earned his master’s degree in computational sciences from Koc University in Spring 2015.
He joined Dr. Colina’s group in Fall 2015, where he works on gel formation of mucus glycoproteins employing coarse-grained molecular dynamics. In this work, he presents a simple coarse-grained model to study the structure and dynamics of polymerized MUC5AC and entangled networks of them upon gel-formation. This model was constructed based on sequence information, domain, and composition analysis. After taking into account the information of submolecular architecture from high-resolution images of single extended molecules, he proposed a coarse-grained model consisting of four different bead types, each representing a molecular domain in MUC5AC.
Jose Chang grew up in Homestead, Florida and is currently a junior pursuing a B.S in Chemical Engineering as well as a minor in Computer Science. He joined the Colina Group in early Fall 2018 and is currently working on using Grand Canonical Monte Carlo simulations to study gas adsorptions into Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity (PIM).
Kadeem Morrison is an undergraduate senior student pursuing Packaging Engineering with minors in Materials Science and Sales Engineering. Kadeem is from Ocala, Florida and joined the group back in September, 2015. Currently, Kadeem is working on atomistic molecular simulations using Polymatic through the HiPerGator cluster. Kadeem is looking forward to work on more complex simulations as part of the Colina Group.
Jennifer Taylor is from Lakeland, Florida. She is currently a second-year undergraduate student at the University of Florida, pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics.
Jennifer began working with Dr. Colina’s research group in February 2019. Currently, she is working on applying molecular dynamic simulations to study systems of biomolecules.