Dr. Josh Rackers, one of our MolSSI Software Fellow alums, is currently a Harry S. Truman Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. Josh, who was a 2018 Phase I Fellow, received his PhD from Washington University in St. Louis under the direction of Prof. Jay W. Ponder. While a MSF he worked on making HIPPO, the next generation of the AMOEBA force field, more accurate and more widely available.
Teaching high school physics. My students challenged me to think about ways physics matters to the real world. I’m not sure why, but the idea of using physics to understand how biological molecules work got lodged in my head.
The chance to meet other fellows was great. Hearing about what other folks are doing has always helped me conceptualize what I think is important in science. Having that in person experience was a great opportunity to engage with ideas outside of my own scientific bubble.
Both Drs. Daniel G. Smith and Eliseo Marin-Rimoldi helped, but in different ways. Eliseo helped set out a list of priorities for the project. Daniel contributed concrete building blocks of code.
I would like to run a research group and teach as a professor.
I’m a sourdough bread baker! Although now in the pandemic, apparently I’m not alone!
Creating an entirely new molecular mechanics model, HIPPO, starting basically from pencil-and-paper theory.
Being outside. Life here in New Mexico is incomparable when it comes to the outdoors. The family and I are out hiking, camping, biking and skiing as often as we can.
Test the machine learning project I’ve been building on a protein.
If you’re interested in the Grand Challenge of how to simulate biological molecules from first principles, I want to be your friend! Whether we work together, collaborate or just share ideas, I am a firm believer that science is best done as a shared endeavor. So shoot me an email — I’d love to hear your big ideas for how we should be tackling this problem!