Luke Nelson

  • Data Science FellowCellular and Molecular Biology

My research background is in protein-protein interactions and protein folding. This includes diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and dementia. I am continuing to pursue protein folding related research as a second-year Ph.D. student (joined 2020) in the James Lab at UH Manoa, Cell and Molecular Biology Department. Under his mentorship, I am examining problematic protein trafficking and related cell death. We are using a combination of biophysical, biochemical, and microscopy techniques to characterize these proteins both in vitro and in vivo. This research will target SNX’s pathological behavior and open avenues for future drug discovery. I am happy to learn from HIDSI (Hawaii Institute for Data Science)’s interactive workshops and learning opportunities. This will allow me to use powerful tools to model protein-protein interactions and parse through fluorescence data.