Eric and Wendy Schmidt announced on April 8 that Megan Engel is one of 20 new Schmidt Science Fellows — a program of Schmidt Futures, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust

13 April 2019

Eric and Wendy Schmidt today announced the 20 members of the 2019 class of Schmidt Science Fellows – a program of Schmidt Futures, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust – at an event in New York City.

This is the second year of this innovative post-doctoral program that aims to develop the next generation of interdisciplinary science leaders to tackle the world’s most significant problems and maximize scientific opportunities for society. The new Fellows are planning to take on global challenges and scientific areas spanning health, the environment, clean energy, computer science, smart materials, and many more.

Dr Megan Engel who studied at the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics under the supervision of Prof Ard Louis is one of the 20 members:

Megan’s research explores biological self-assembly, the process by which proteins and nucleic acids can build themselves from 1D strands of building blocks into functional 3D shapes. She currently collaborates with experimental biologists to combine computational and statistical approaches to better understand natural processes and inform potential synthetic applications and works on the detailed measurement of the forces acting in DNA and modeling of those forces. As a Schmidt Science Fellow, Megan aims to gain expertise in machine learning techniques to build algorithms that can map the self-assembly process with unprecedented accuracy.

More information about this award can be found here.