Could you tell us about your background i.e. department, research interests, hometown, hobbies?

I am Moeen Meigooni, I graduated from UIUC in the spring of 2017 with a BS in Chemical Engineering. My current research involves using computers and physics to model important life processes. My research interests include predictive modeling and machine learning for chemical and biological systems. I will be returning to UIUC in the fall as a PhD student in the Biophysics department. In my free time I like to go fishing, play video games, and make music with friends.

What project you are working on this summer?

This summer, I am finishing the project I started during my senior year in the Illinois Scholars Undergraduate Research program. My project is a computational study of the conformational changes in plant proteins that lead to drought resistance. Detailed characterization of these proteins facilitates the design of agrochemicals that can allow plants to grow more efficiently in dry conditions.

What is your favorite place or activity on campus or CU?

I enjoy bowling at the Illini Union and climbing trees at the Arboretum. Some of my favorite restaurants on campus includes Woori Jib, Bangkok Thai, and Cravings.

Advice for students who want to pursue undergraduate research.

Read your professors’ research websites and published papers; find what topics interest you the most in ChBE and other departments. Then, distribute your resume far and wide. Not all research groups are always looking for new members, so do not be discouraged if you are not immediately selected by your top choice. Research experience makes a great stepping stone for internships, graduate school, and industry positions.


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June 18th, 2018

Meet our new group member, Matthew Chan, Graduate student, ChBE, 2017.

December 27th, 2017

Meet Jiangyan Feng, ChBE Graduate student, Fall 2016.

July 20th, 2017

2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences in Shukla Group.

July 13th, 2017

Meet our group members: Moeen Meigooni, ChBE ’17

July 12th, 2017

Visiting student: Jiming Chen, BS, ChBE, Rice University, 2017

July 12th, 2017

Meet our group members: Faisal Aldukhi, ChBE ’19

July 12th, 2017

Meet our group members: Qihua Chen, MatSE’18, Blue Waters Intern 2017-18

June 28th, 2017

Shriyaa Mittal’s 2017 CSE Fellow.

June 28th, 2017

Balaji Selvam’s talk at the 2017 Blue Waters Symposium.

December 7th, 2016

Group Picture time in our lab!
September 25th, 2016

Summer Intern Nikhil Sethia’s (IIT Delhi) Post on his experiences in Shukla Group.

September 25th, 2016

Prof. Shukla’s talk on “Molecular Models of Nitrate Transport in Plants” at Plants in silico Symposium, 2016.

September 25th, 2016

Talk by Graduate Student Alex Moffett at 2016 Blue Waters Symposium at Sunriver Resort, Oregon.

December 21st, 2015

Research Talk by Prof. Shukla (CSE Seminar Series, Fall 2015)

October 22nd, 2015

Teaching kids about protein structure and function at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy

July 20th, 2015

Research talk by Diwakar (Blue Waters Symposium, Jun 2015)

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July 17th, 2015

Plants in silico: a multi-scale modeling platform

July 13th, 2015

Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering & Sciences (GAMES) camp, 2015.

May 30th, 2014

Central themes of our research group

March 11th, 2014

Recent paper on the key cellular signaling proteins in Cancer highlighted in several news articles