Lucas Nivon is a translational investigator at the Institute of
Protein Design at the University of Washington, focusing on algorithms in
computational biophysics. He completed a postdoc in the laboratory of
David Baker at the University of Washington, where he designed a de
novo covalent small-molecule binding protein, patented a novel
computationally design fluorescent protein (with Alice Ting's lab at
MIT), and led a number of algorithm and database development projects
in the Rosetta biomolecular modeling and design software package.
Lucas received a biochemistry degree summa cum laude from Harvard University, with a thesis on The Physics of DNA Translocation through Biological Nanopores. Lucas returned to
Harvard and the doctoral program in biophysics, where he worked with
Professors Xiaowei Zhuang and Eugene Shakhnovich to study the folding
mechanisms of structured RNA molecules using novel computational
techniques and single-molecule spectroscopy. Lucas is from New York City.