Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant Report
Biological and Chemical Physics
Fully understanding protein folding is a current problem at the interface of biology and physics with significant implications in medicine. Interdisciplinary problems often benefit from a new perspective. This work attempts to bring a novel perspective to understanding the protein folding process. Using a simple model, we created a protein folding simulation to study the possible connections between protein folding and self-organized critical systems. Self-organized critical systems have been used to explain 1/f noise and other systems in physics, as well as several other systems outside of physics. We have found evidence that the simple model considered might exhibit self-organized criticality and is fairly robust against changes in the system parameters. To explore larger systems, improvements in computation time are needed.
Murray, Joelle, "Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant Report" (2015). Post-Grant Reports. Report. Submission 30.