William M. Payne
William Payne

William M. Payne

Ph.D. Student in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship (2017-2018)
PhRMA Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship in Pharmaceutics (2018-2019)
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) (2018)

The Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship Program annually supports 6-10 outstanding Ph.D. students who plan to incorporate high performance computing and data analysis into their research. Blue Waters Graduate Fellows receive a one-year stipend and an allocation of 50,000 node hours on the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications on the University of Illinois campus. Will Payne was granted a Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship to support development of a library of computational models for amphiphilic polysaccharide nanoparticles, which will enable formulation optimization for a wide variety of drugs. A subsequent 2 years of support from the PhRMA Foundation seeks to expand on the computational models, and to make the methods and behind design of nanomaterials more accessible to researchers without extensive background in computational sciences. Most recently, Will received a grant from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) to fund 6 months in Germany to work with synthetic polymers to develop further the computational methods for abstraction of inter- and intramolecular interactions relevant to nanomedicines. Will earned an M.S. degree from Wake Forest University before enrolling as a Ph.D. student at UNMC in the fall of 2015. He is pursuing his dissertation research in Pharmaceutical Sciences under the supervision of Aaron M. Mohs, Ph.D.