Vikas Nanda has spent more than two decades studying the intricacies of proteins, the highly complex substances present in all living organisms. The Rutgers scientist has long contemplated how the unique patterns of amino acids that compose proteins determine whether they become anything from hemoglobin to collagen, as well as the subsequent, mysterious step of self-assembly where only certain proteins clump together to form even more complex substances.

So, when scientists wanted to conduct an experiment pitting a human – one with a profound, intuitive understanding of protein design and self-assembly – against the predictive capabilities of an artificially intelligent computer program, Nandaa researcher at the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine (CABM) at Rutgers, was one of those at the top of the list. To read the full story.