Hi, I am Nicolae Sapoval, but I usually go by Nick. I grew up in Chisinau, Moldova. I  moved to the USA in 2014. I obtained my B.Sc. degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Chicago in 2018. I worked at TruQua in Chicago, IL for a bit less than a year after finishing my undergraduate degree. Now, I am at Rice University in Houston, TX pursuing a PhD in Computer Science.

I recently did research with Biological Sciences Department at the University of Chicago working on the questions of conformational transition and substrate binding in insulin degrading enzyme. I used molecular dynamics simulations (both all atom classical Langevin dynamics and various metadynamics and coarse-grained approaches) and  high dimensional data analysis techniques.

My current research revolves around understanding of complex microbial genomic mixtures (environmental and patient derived). My general interests are at the intersection of computer science and data analytics and their applications to complex biological systems.

In my free time, I travel, cook, make cocktails, brew cider and mead, and teach kids.