Elena Delgado

PhD Student

Tapia Lab - Department of Computer Science

Mailing address:

Mail stop: MSC01 1100
1 University of New Mexico
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001 USA


Office: 3400A Farris
Fax: 505.277.6927

I earned by Bachelors in Biochemistry from the University of New Mexico in 2018, and am currently a Computer Science Ph.D. student at the same institution. My research is in computational biology with a focus on protein structure prediction through microscopy. Currently, my work explores the structures of flexible molecules, such as antibodies, by fitting reduced-resolution models directly to data from cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET). In broad terms I am interested in improving understanding of large molecular structures, both for the sake of medicine and for tackling large, multi-component problems in computing. My past research experience has been varied, from educational research in clinical hospital settings, to wet lab biochemical work, and most recently to the computational biological modeling described above. Each project has been rewarding in its own way, and has fueled my interest in the structure and interactions of proteins, especially in the context of human medicine.

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  • Elena Delgado, Lydia Tapia, "Retrospective on a Watershed Moment for IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Gender Diversity [Women in Engineering]", in IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, 28(3), pp. 163-167, Sept. 2021.(article)

  • Lydia Tapia, Elena Delgado, "Best Practises: Becoming a Leader Through Conference Organization [Women in Engineering]", In IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, 27(4), pp. 78-80, Dec. 2020.(article)

  • Elena Delgado, Lydia Tapia, "Robotics Research During a Pandemic [Women in Engineering]", In IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, 27(3), pp. 17-18, Sept. 2020.(article)