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    218 Ayrshire Farm Lane #103, Stanford, CA 94305 (801) 664-7997



    Stanford University, Stanford, CA 2017-2022

    Expected Degree: Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2022

    Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA 2013-2017

    Degree: B.S. in Biochemistry, Summa Cum Laude Minor: Applied Mathematics University Honors Program Major/Minor GPA: 4.00 Overall GPA: 3.99


    Ab initio electronic structure modeling methods and applications in renewable, efficient energy capture and storage; modeling of biological processes.


    Graduate Research Assistant August 2017 present Advisor: Todd Martnez, Ph.D.

    Examine the photodynamics of the light harvesting complex of photosystem II using an ab initio exciton model. Explore mechanisms of non-photochemical quenching in plants using high performance computing.

    PRESENTATIONS: West Coast Theoretical Chemistry Symposium Spring 2018

    K. Grace Johnson and Todd J. Martnez, Elucidating excitation energy transport in LHCII using a GPU-accelerated ab initio exciton model

    Undergraduate Research Assistant January 2016- May 2017 Advisor: Emily Jarvis, Ph.D.

    PROJECT: Determine electronic structure of solid state materials using planewave-based ab initio computational methods. Investigate surface properties of materials for use in photoelectochemical devices and examine the efficacy of these materials in such devices. Explore solar-driven alternatives to fossil fuels.

    FUNDING: Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering Summer Summer 2016 Undergraduate Research Scholarship

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    PUBLICATION: Vykhodets, V. B.; Johnson, K. G.; Kurennykh, T. E.; Beketov, I. V.; Samatov, O. M.; Medvedev, A. I.; Jarvis, E. A. Direct Observation of Tunable Surface Struture and Reactivity in TiO2 Nanopowders. Surface Science 2017, 665, 1019.

    PRESENTATIONS: Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research Fall 2016

    K. Grace Johnson and Emily A. Jarvis, Oxygen depletion on TiO2 brookite nanoparticle surfaces and implications for photocatalysis and solar energy conversion

    American Chemical Society National Meeting Spring 2017

    K. Grace Johnson, Emily A. Jarvis, Photocatalytic and electronic implications from first principles characterization of oxygen depletion localized on TiO2 brookite nanoparticle surfaces

    Loyola Marymount University 9th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium Spring 2017

    K. Grace Johnson, Emily A. Jarvis, Photocatalytic implications from ab initio characterization of oxygen depletion localized on TiO2 brookite nanoparticle surfaces

    Undergraduate Research Assistant January 2015- May 2016 Advisors: Ben Fitzpatrick, Ph.D. and Kam Dahlquist, Ph.D.

    PROJECT: Analyzed DNA microarray data from yeast subjected to cold shock to determine genes responsible for the regulation response. Investigated dynamics of proposed gene regulatory networks using a differential equations model in MATLAB. Created testing routines for analysis of future networks.

    FUNDING: Honors Program Undergraduate Research Summer Fellowship Summer 2015

    PRESENTATIONS: American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Conference Spring 2016

    K. Grace Johnson, Natalie E. Williams, Ben G. Fitzpatrick, and Kam D. Dahlquist, Modeling the dynamics of a 21-gene, 50-edge gene regulatory network controlling the transcriptional response to cold shock in Saccharomyces cerevisiae using GRNmap

    Abstract: http://www.fasebj.org/content/30/1_Supplement/819.8.short Poster: http://kdahlquist.github.io/GRNmap/publications/

    Loyola Marymount University 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium Spring 2016

    K. Grace Johnson, Margaret ONeil, Kam D. Dahlquist, and Ben G. Fitzpatrick, Evaluating Hap4s role in the gene regulatory network that controls the response to cold shock in Saccharomyces cerevisiae using GRNmap

    West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference Spring 2015 Loyola Marymount University 7th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium Spring 2015

    K. Grace Johnson, Natalie E. Williams, Kam D. Dahlquist, and Ben G. Fitzpatrick, Comparing the dynamics of the cold shock gene regulatory network in yeast with a random network

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    Programming Languages: Python, C++, Java

    Computer Skills: Bash terminal, Linux, Microsoft Office Suite


    Teaching Assistant for Advanced Biochemistry, Stanford Department of Chemistry 2018

    General Chemistry Tutor at the LMU Academic Resource Center 2014-2017

    Review course and lab material, successfully demonstrate problem solving and studying habits, encourage student curiosity and self-reliance for improved performance in General Chemistry courses at Loyola Marymount University.

    Teaching Assistant for Physical Chemistry Lab, LMU Department of 2016-2017 Chemistry and Biochemistry

    Prepare laboratory experiments, facilitate group discussion, aid in students exploration and understanding of concepts in physical chemistry, and provide feedback on lab reports that strengthens students scientific writing style.


    DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship 2018-2022

    Stanford Graduate Fellowship in Science and Engineering 2017-2020

    Loyola Marymount University Trustee Scholar 2013-2017

    Seaver College of Science and Engineering Summer Fellowship 2016

    University Honors Program Summer Research Fellowship 2015

    Energy Solutions Foundation Scholar 2011


    Recognition for Outstanding Undergraduate Research and poster presentation, 2017 ACS COMP

    At Loyola Marymount University:

    Program Scholar Award, Biochemistry 2017

    Presidential Citation 2017

    Alpha Sigma Nu, Jesuit Honors Society 2016

    The American Chemical Society Division of Physical Chemistry Award for the 2016 Top Performing Student in Physical Chemistry for 2015-2016

    LMYOU Campaign Honoree 2016

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    PolyEd Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry for the 2015 Outstanding Sophomore Biochemistry Major

    National Collegiate Honors Conference Representative 2015

    CRC Press Annual Freshman Chemistry Achievement 2014 Award to Best Major in General Chemistry

    Deans List 2013-2016


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