Think About This!
Professor Gellman and his students aren't the only people who work on designing beta peptides with specific folding patterns. In fact, many researchers work on similar projects. For this reason, many researchers collaborate with other researchers. These researchers could be at the same university, at a different university, or they could work for a government agency or a business.
Additionally, some research projects involve work in many different research areas. In this instance it is necessary that researchers work together to solve a problem. For instance, sometimes one group of graduate students will make small molecules like beta peptides and a different group of students will test the molecules to see if they have the ability to fight cancer or help prevent HIV infection. In order to further their understanding of the research area, and to get a new perspective on their project, researchers often work with other people!