Letícia Costa


MIT Department: Chemistry

Undergraduate Institution: Wesleyan University

Faculty Mentor: Jeremiah Johnson

Research Supervisor: Peyton Shieh



I’m an international student from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I’m a rising junior majoring in Chemistry at Wesleyan University, where I work on computational modeling and molecule system comprehension research. The aim of my project is to gain an understanding of the transduction of ligand binding energy into allosteric signal transmission for proteins. After some experience in the Chemistry department, my biggest aspiration is to lead research on organic and sustainable chemistry. I aspire to obtain a PhD, and return to Brazil, in order to increase the scientific development of my country. Aside from academics, I enjoy traveling, watching tv series, reading novels in Portuguese, and spending time with my friends.