Daniel Jacobson

  • Program Year: 4
  • Academic Institution: California Institute of Technology
  • Field of Study: Computational Chemistry
  • Academic Advisor: Tom Miller
  • Practicum(s):
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2018)
  • Degree(s):
    B.S. Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Brown University, 2014

Summary of Research

Enzymes are used in a wide variety of applications from the production of biofuels to the remediation of industrial waste. I am interested in using theoretical and computational tools to elucidate the dynamics of enzymatic reactions at a molecular level. Developing this fundamental understanding is important for achieving rational control of enzyme function.


Jacobson, D. & Whitelam, S. Direct evaluation of dynamical large-deviation rate functions using a variational ansatz. arXiv:1903.06098 [cond-mat] (2019).


Paul Cross Prize, Spring 2014: Brown University Chemistry Department

Joseph Kestin Award of Excellence, Spring 2014: Brown University Engineering Department

Caltech Amgen Scholars Program, Summer 2013