Computational Biochemistry & Biophysics
Stanford University (2007)
Ph.D. Chemistry/Chemical Physics
Research: Biomolecular simulation, protein & RNA folding, distributed computing applied to questions in molecular biology & biophysics
UC Riverside (2000)
B.S. Chemistry/Chemical Physics Research: FT-IR & Raman spectroscopy and microscopy studies of organic compounds
Victor Valley College (1998)
A.S. Science & Mathematics
A.A. Liberal Arts
Teaching Assistant for Introductory, General, and Organic Chemistry; Level II Tutor in the sciences, as well as Mathematics, Philosophy, Psychology, and English.
The Prestige Company
Ornamental glass blower (apprentice) and training assistant
Welcome to my CSULB Homepage!
I have been a professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry since Fall 2007 and have continually been challenged and amazed by our students, both in the classroom and in the lab! Whatever the reason for your visit, you should find the links at the top of this page useful, but please email me if you have questions that aren't answered here.
Teaching: My primary teaching duties in the Department are our CHEM 377 Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry sequence, which is aimed at our BS Biochemistry majors and other, non-chemistry majors. I also developed and teach CHEM 480/580: Biomolecular Modeling & Simulation, a graduate level course focusing on the simulation of macromolecular systems, and CHEM 361, our Chemical Communications course. Most recently, I developed and taught our first offering of the single-semester CHEM 375 Physcial Chemistry for Engineers course.
Research: Members of the Sorin Lab study the structure and dynamics of biological molecules via computer modeling and simulation. Using cluster computing and the Folding@Home Distributed Computing Project, we can apply a variety of models and methods to sample large numbers of independent simulations. Indeed, we are now capable of simulating some molecular events in dynamic equilibrium, making simulation a powerful tool with which to probe topics in molecular biology & drug design such as RNA folding, protein folding, drug binding, membrane biophysics, and studies on the effects of point mutations of the collagen triple helix with respect to human disease.
Service: Among other things, I have led our effort to completely revise our Department's website (which I hope you find both visually appealing and highly functional), and I have served on the CSULB Academic Senate and Faculty Advisory Committee on Technology (FACT). I have also aided in our summer orientation program for incoming Chemistry & Biochemistry majors, provided lab tours for visiting & prospective students, and served on the Department & College Research Committees. I also established a new orientation program for incoming Chemistry & Biochemistry Master's students and am now serving as a Partners for Success mentor to at-risk/probationary CSULB sophomores.