Molly Carrig: “Perserverance and Proteins”

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Molly Carrig, Class of 2020, College of Arts and Sciences

In her research, Molly functions as a protein marriage counselor. Instead of trying to uncover pieces of each person’s personality or experiences that fit together, she tries to pinpoint protein motifs that might be matches made in heaven. When her two proteins do not bind, the effects can be as disastrous for the human body as a nasty divorce is for a family. Attempting to answer this binding question so far has led to dozens more questions, and her lab is working to answer them with perseverance, patience, and occasional playfulness.