Tucker Burgin, one of our current MolSSI Software Investment Fellows (and former Seed Fellow) is currently completing his PhD at the University of Michigan under the direction of Prof. Heather B. Mayes. He is working with Dr. Sam Ellis on building software tools for understanding and evolving enzymes in silico guided by unbiased, all-atom simulations
My interest in molecular science was borne out of my interest in simulations. The potential to understand physics on a scale too small to observe with conventional laboratory techniques quickly captured my imagination!
My time as a MolSSI Fellow has provided me with the opportunity to learn and practice invaluable scientific software development skills, the absence of which would’ve severely hindered my growth as a scientist.
My mentor Sam Ellis has been an invaluable resource for my continued education in software science, as well as for learning to approach scientific problems from a software perspective.
I hope to pursue a career in academia.
One slightly unusual skill of mine is that I can understand and communicate in Japanese at an intermediate level!
One of my proudest accomplishments has got to be the level of success I’ve found so far in my academic career, after struggling for so long with academics before college. It’s hard to believe, but I was a C-average student in high school!
When not working, my favorite activity is playing with my dog, Fox!
As I’m transitioning out of graduate school, my biggest aspiration for the next couple years is to complete a successful postdoc experience, and then to begin a professorship!
After research, my second greatest professional love is being a helpful resource for others. I want to thank MolSSI for extending their spirit of education and collaboration to me, and I hope to pass on what I’ve learned to others.