Leah is a Professional Master of Engineering student studying Biomedical Engineering. She is originally from Fort Myers, Florida and went to the University of Miami for her undergraduate studies also in BME. This spring, she and Davoud Mozhdehi Ph.D. are working to introduce functional changes to the ELPs by phosphorylation. Recognition sequences for kinases will be engineered into existing ELP sequences. When the peptide is mixed with the complementary kinase and ATP, the addition of phosphate group will trigger changes to the peptides such as: self-assembly and phase separation.