I seek to address biochemical questions of medical importance using computational methods.
My work primarily focuses on use of molecular dynamics to study the thermodynamics of biomolecules.
Partly, I endeavor to explore novel methodologies, focusing on machine learning, that will improve the study of
biomolecular mechanisms and enhance the field of computational science.
I received a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology from George Mason University's
School of Systems Biology
Since then, I have worked as a postdoctoral researcher and adjunct faculty member at that same university, as well as
a data scientist in the private sector. My academic work has focused on the use of replica-exchange molecular dynamics
simulations to explore the thermodynamic properties of Aβ peptides, the putative cytotoxic compounds found in
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Lockhart, C., Smith, A. K., & Klimov, D. K. (2020) Three popular force fields predict consensus mechanism of Aβ peptide binding to the DMPC bilayer. J. Chem. Inf. Model. (accepted)Smith, A. K., Khayat, E., Lockhart, C., & Klimov, D. K. (2019) Do cholesterol and sphingomyelin change the mechanism of Aβ25-35 peptide binding to zwitterionic bilayer? J. Chem. Inf. Model. 59(12): 5207-5217, doi:10.1021/acs.jcim.9b00763Lockhart, C., Smith, A. K., & Klimov, D. K. (2019) Methionine oxidation changes the mechanism of Aβ peptide binding to the DMPC bilayer. Sci. Rep. 9(5947): 1-12, doi:10.1038/s41598-019-42304-9Lockhart, C. & Klimov, D. K. (2017) Cholesterol changes the mechanism of Aβ peptide binding to the DMPC bilayer. J. Chem. Inf. Model. 57(10): 2554-2565, doi:10.1021/acs.jcim.7b00431Siwy, C. M., Lockhart, C., & Klimov, D. K. (2017) Is the conformational ensemble of Alzheimer's Aβ10-40 peptide force field dependent? PLoS Comput. Biol. 13(1): e1005314, doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005314