Caitlyn Mills

Caitlyn Mills

Graduate Student (Ph.D. Candidate)

PhRMA Foundation Fellow (Informatics)

mills.ca@husky.neu.edu

Undergraduate Institution

University of New Haven, CT (2012)

B.S. Chemistry, B.S. Forensic Science

Research Interests

Protein Function Annotation, Chemical Biology, Superfamily and Structural Genomics Research

Personal Interests

Volunteering through the Northeastern Section Younger Chemists Committee (NSYCC), reading, sports, photography, going on adventures, 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

  • 2016 – EuCheMS Chemistry Congress, Seville, Spain (invited oral)
  • 2016 – Protein Society, Baltimore, MD (poster)
  • 2016 – ISMB, ISCB Conference, Orlando, FL (poster)
  • 2016 – Function SIG, ISMB, ISCB Conference, Orlando, FL (invited oral and poster)
  • 2016 – Student Council Symposium, ISMB, ISCB Conference, Orlando, FL (invited oral and poster)
  • 2016 – St. Jude Future Fellow Research Conference (poster)
  • 2016 – Northeastern RISE, Boston, MA (poster)
  • 2016 – ACS Spring National Meeting, San Diego, CA (poster)
  • 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 and poster)
  • 2014 – ISMB, ISCB Conference, Boston, MA (invited oral and poster)
  • 2014 – AFP SIG, ISMB, ISCB Conference, Boston, MA (invited oral and poster)
  • 2014 – Northeastern RISE, Boston, MA (poster)
  • 2014 – NSCRC, hosted by NSYCC, Boston, MA (poster, best poster award)

Awards

  • 2016 – Young Chemists Crossing Boarders: NESACS selected liaison, Seville, Spain
  • 2016 – Hans Neurath Outstanding Promise Travel Award, Protein Society, Baltimore, MD (*competitive*) 
  • 2016 – NU College of Science Travel Award, ISMB, Orlando, FL
  • 2016 – NU Graduate Student Gov’t Travel Award, ISMB, Orlando, FL
  • 2016 – Northeastern University Excellence in Graduate Research Award
  • 2015 – Best Poster Award, Protein Society, Barcelona, Spain (*of >200 participants*)
  • 2015 – NU College of Science Travel Award, Protein Society, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2015 – NU Graduate Student Gov’t Travel Award, Protein Society, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2015 – NU 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 – Outstanding Graduate Poster Award, NSCRC – NSYCC, Boston, MA

Publications

2016

Local Structure Based Method for Prediction of the Biochemical Function of Proteins: Applications to Glycoside Hydrolases

Parasuram, R.*, Mills, C.L.*, Wang, Z., Somasundaram, S., Beuning, P.J., Ondrechen, M.J., Methods Volume 93, Pages 51-63 (2016)

*co-first authors

2015

Prediction of Distal Residue Participation in Enzyme Catalysis

Brodkin, H.R., DeLateur, N.A., Somarowthu, S., Mills, C.L., Novak, W.R., Beuning, P.J., Ringe, D., Ondrechen, M.J.,  Protein Science Volume 24, Issue 5, Pages 762-778 (2015)

Biochemical Functional Predictions for Protein Structures of Unknown or Uncertain Function

Mills, C.L., Beuning, P.J., Ondrechen, MJ., Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal Volume 13, Pages 182-191 (2015)