Jacob Layton is a Ph.D. student in the Singharoy group, joining in the summer of 2019. In the spring of 2019, Jacob graduated from Waynesburg University with a B.S. in Biochemistry. Most of his research in his undergraduate institution was centered around drug content determination and characterization via High-Performance Liquid Chromatography and Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry. During the summer of 2018, Jacob was accepted as an undergraduate research student in the Mertz group at West Virginia University, where he was first introduced to computational chemistry research in the form of molecular dynamics simulations, applying Nanoscale Molecular Dynamics (NAMD) and extended Adaptive Biasing Force (eABF) to a thermodynamic study of the pH low-insertion peptide (pHLIP). He presented this research at the American Chemical Society national conference in Orlando in the spring of 2019.