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Benjamin Samudio
Discovering, designing and developing medicine using computers.

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A graduate student in the Department of Chemistry, Ben Samudio spent 15 months as a researcher at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research in Emeryville, Calif., where he was involved in discovering candidates for new medicines using computers.

What’s important about your research—and where do you hope to take it?

I use computer models to study a group of proteins in our cells that are responsible for providing the energy we need to be alive and active. My hope is that my research can help in finding cures for diseases in which these crucial proteins malfunction.

What are you most passionate about in your work?

I am most passionate about discovering, designing and developing medicine using computers. Hardware and algorithms are getting better all of the time, and I believe that there is great promise in using these tools to address diseases.

How will the Business Development Fellows program help you to change the world?

I am excited to learn from students and instructors of different backgrounds and viewpoints and gain insight into how I may turn my ideas into a business that can make people’s lives better. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to be healthy, and I would like my business to help make this a reality.

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