David "Dave" Christianson is a 4th year medical student at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine.
Dave returned to school after having successful careers in woodworking and industrial automation. He has an interest in studying the underlying mechanisms of disease at the level of protein-protein and ligand-protein interactions as predicted by computational biochemistry and demonstrated by traditional "wet laboratory" experiments. Dave is presently working to elucidate the atomic level interactions between ketamine metabolites and NMDA receptors using a combination of computational and cell level experiments. He is also investigating potential novel molecular level interactions born of histone H3K27M mutations that are believed to be the driving force behind diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas. Dave will be entering the residency match process for neurosurgery this fall and intends to begin his residency in the summer of 2018.