I am in the first year of a joint MPhil and PhD within the Laboratory for Scientific Computing in the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Otago (New Zealand) and the University of California, Berkeley.
My research is focused on the application of quantum mechanics to biological systems. Biological systems are difficult to simulate with computers due to (a) the sheer number of atoms that make up these systems, and (b) the irregularity with which these atoms are arranged. However, these challenges can be overcome using clever linear-scaling electronic structure methods and high performance computing. I am using these approaches to investigate the behaviour of electrons within a photosynthetic light-harvesting complex found in plants and bacteria, and in an enzyme associated with HIV.