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Undergraduate Research Program

Rosetta Commons Students


Hector Torres

Institution: Universidad de Puerto Rico
Faculty Mentor: David Baker

Hector Torres Vera is a rising junior currently majoring in chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey. His research interests lie in protein design and engineering, particularly in protein-protein interactions and post-translational modifications. Back home, Hector works on computational calculations of redox potentials of transition-metal complexes and wishes to hone his computational chemistry skills and apply them to biochemical research of proteins. He believes he has an unhealthy obsession with his island’s cuisine and enjoys playing video games and swimming at beaches.


Sidney Lisanza


Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Faculty Mentor: David Baker, Biochemistry

Sidney is a rising junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying Math and Chemistry with a track in Biochemistry. At UNC he conducts research in the Hahn Lab where his focus is in understanding the subcellular localization and activation dynamics of various Rho guanine nucleotide exchange factors by developing FRET-based biosensors which allow for the spatiotemporal visualization and quantification of protein activity. Hoping to further develop his computational skills, Sidney will be working in the Baker Lab within the Institute for Protein Design where, by utilizing the Rosetta software, he will computationally design and then experimentally validate self-assembling protein crystals. Postbaccalaureate Sidney intends to enroll in a Ph.D. program where he ultimately plans to utilize protein engineering to address many of the problems facing the modern world. In his free time Sidney enjoys running competitively for the UNC club XC team.