Jesse Horne is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. He joined the group in Fall 2020 as a Fellow of the NIH Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program. Originally from Las Vegas, NV, he obtained his B.S. & M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. His previous research experience includes a nanoparticle-based drug discovery platform for sodium-ion channel subtype-selective drug leads with Dr. Yuping Bao and characterizing lacZ inhibition by caffeine in E. coli with Dr. Ryan Summers. Going forward, his research interests include developing machine learning algorithms and predicting mutant protein function, with applications in improving healthcare and agriculture. Jesse enjoys traveling in his free time, and he completed a study abroad program in Edinburgh, Scotland, at Heriot-Watt University. His hobbies include photography, playing the piano, and going hiking. His favorite hike was Angels Landing in Zion National Park in Utah with the canyon’s expansive views. He is looking forward to the next step in his career in Illinois.