Dr. Karina Kapusta
Affiliate professor
Department of Modeling and Simulations
Physical location: MS, USA
  • Ph.D., Computational Chemistry, Jackson State University, 2018
  • M.Sc., Physical Chemistry, Oles Honchar Dnipro National University, 2013
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, Oles Honchar Dnipro National University, 2012
Outside of PICompS, Dr. Karina Kapusta works as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Interdisciplinary Center for Nanotoxicity (MS, US). Dr. Kapusta is a computational chemistry expert; her earlier works are focused on the construction of specific Density Functional Theory basis sets. In her doctoral dissertation, Dr. Karina discusses the construction of physical adaptive basis sets for the calculations of electrical and magnetic properties of organic compounds. Presently, Dr. Kapusta applies her knowledge in DFT to drug design projects. She combines advanced quantum chemical calculations with methods of QSAR, molecular docking and virtual screening.

Dr. Kapusta is an aspiring teacher. She began her journey as a professional educator in 2012, when she joined Educational center “Logos” (Dnipro, Ukraine). Her experience as a high school chemistry tutor helped her to become very patient with students. Lately, that attitude translated well to the college teaching. During her doctoral studies, she assisted professors at JSU and Oles Honchar Dnipro National University (Ukraine) in teaching of the following courses: General Chemistry laboratories, Quantum Chemistry (lectures and practice), Theoretical Modeling of Dynamic Systems (lectures and laboratories), Computational Modeling of Chemical Systems (lectures and laboratories).

Most recently, Dr. Kapusta developed and taught exclusive training programs for Summer Institute, at Jackson State University: i.e. “3D printing challenge”, “Presentations in Power Point”, “Chemistry. Theory and Practice”. She now teaches and mentors undergraduate students at Jackson State University (JSU) and supervises multiple research projects of students in The U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC).