Ethan Evans is a Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry at MIT. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His current work focuses on developing natural amino acid polymers that covalently react with small molecules, scrubbing them from their environment. The sequestered small molecules are chemically akin to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a family of environmental toxins, with plans to expand to include aflatoxins and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. The peptide polymers are developed both computationally using structure prediction and molecular dynamics in addition to experimental selection-based techniques. Outside of research, he enjoys volleyball, basketball, biking and running. He is an avid programmer with interest in unsupervised and deep learning.