Caitlyn Mills

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Graduate Student (Ph.D. Candidate)
PhRMA Foundation Fellow (Informatics)

Email: mills.ca@husky.neu.edu

Undergraduate Institution: University of New Haven, CT (2012) — B.S. Chemistry, B.S. Forensic Science

Research Interest(s): Protein Function Annotation, Chemical Biology, Superfamily and Structural Genomics Research

Personal Interest(s): Reading, sports, going on adventures, photography, and video games.

How did you get interested in science?: My high school chemistry teacher (Mr. Bump) was my favorite teacher.  He got me interested in chemistry and science all together.  After taking his AP Chemistry class, I took other science courses (like AP Biology and AP Physics) and started looking into careers in the science community.

What are your future career goals?: Work in industry as the head of a research group, or work in a governmental agency (FBI, DEA, etc.) as a forensic chemist.

Conference Presentations:
2015 – ACS Fall National Meeting, Boston, MA (poster)
2015 – Protein Society, Barcelona, Spain (poster, best poster award)
2015 – NSCRC, hosted by NSYCC, Medford, MA (poster)
2015 – Northeastern RISE, Boston, MA (poster)
2015 – ASBMB Meeting, Boston, MA (invited oral talk and poster)
2014 – ISMB, ISCB Conference, Boston, MA (invited oral talk and poster)
2014 – AFP Sig, ISMB, ISCB Conference, Boston, MA (invited oral talk and poster)
2014 – Northeastern RISE, Boston, MA (poster)
2014 – NSCRC, hosted by NSYCC, Boston, MA (poster, best poster award)

Publications:
Parasuram, R., Mills, C.L., Wang, Z., Somasundaram, S., Beuning, P.J., Ondrechen, MJ. (2015) Local Structure Based Method for Prediction of the Biochemical Function of Proteins: Applications to Glycoside Hydrolases. Methods. Submitted.

Brodkin, H.R., DeLateur, N.A., Somarowthu, S., Mills, C.L., Novak, W.R., Beuning, P.J., Ringe, D., Ondrechen, MJ. (2015) Prediction of Distal Residue Participation in Enzyme Catalysis. Protein Science. Volume 24, Issue 5, Pages 762-778.

Mills, C.L., Beuning, P.J., Ondrechen, MJ. (2015) Biochemical Functional Predictions for Protein Structures of Unknown or Uncertain Function. Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal. Volume 13, Pages 182-191.

Awards:
2015 – Best Poster Award, Protein Society, Barcelona, Spain (*of >200 participants*)
2015 – NEU College of Science Travel Award, Protein Society, Barcelona, Spain
2015 – NEU Graduate Student Gov’t Travel Award, Protein Society, Barcelona, Spain
2015 – NEU Graduate Student Gov’t Travel Award, ASBMB, Boston, MA
2015 – PhRMA Foundation Pre Doctoral Fellowship in Informatics (*competitive*)
2014 – Travel Award, ISMB, Boston, MA
2014 – Travel Award, AFP SIG of ISMB, Boston, MA
2014 – OutstandingGraduate Poster Award, NSCRC – NSYCC, Boston, MA