Karl J. P. Smith is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in Biophysics, Structural, and Computational Biology at the University of Rochester. Karl does research on silicon nanomembranes as part of the Nanomembrane Research Group (NRG). His work focuses on modeling the clogging and filtration behavior of these membranes using both theory and experiment. This work should make cutting edge therapeutic biotech products such as monoclonal antibodies (which can be used to treat everything from many cancers to arthritis to Crohn’s disease) cheaper and more effective. He is expecting to graduate from the U of R in June 2016. After graduating, he plans to transition from academia to the field of science communication and science journalism.