Christopher Conzales, Iona College
My full name is Christopher Matthew Gonzales Lopez, and I am working with Dr. George Stan. I am currently a student at Iona College in New York. My graduate mentors are Ashan Dayananda, Yasan Fonseka, and Mohammad Avestan. We are currently researching ClpP, a protein that unfolds proteins and directs their molecular chain to other catalytic subunits, which can then degrade them. It is part of a superfamily of proteins called AAA+, which utilizes ATP molecules in order to destroy misfolded and thus malfunctioning proteins. The lab involves observing the structure and interactions of the various parts of the protein by the use of cluster analysis with Python.