We are a theoretical physical chemistry group in the Department of Chemistry and Bochemistry at the University of Maryland at College Park. We use advanced computational methods to study biological processes at multiple scales, from single protein functional dynamics and chromatin folding and stability to cell-level processes, such as stochastic signal transduction and regulation of cell motility.

Students and postdoctoral research associates working in our group are exposed to diverse areas of equilibrium and nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, polymer physics, computational protein modeling and bioinformatics. More detailed information about current research projects can be found here.

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Recent News

March 24th, 2017

Haiqing Zhao has recieved the Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship.

March 10th, 2017

Hao Wu has received the Best Poster Award at UMD's Biophysics and Chemical Physics Student Visit Day.

January 23rd, 2017

Haiqing Zhao has received an Education Travel Award from the Biophysical Society for the upcoming Biophysical Society Meeting in New Orleans February 11-15th.

December 23rd, 2016

James Komianos has been accepted to UMD's new NSF-funded Computation and Mathematics for Biological Networks(COMBINE) program with a year-long NSF stipend.

October 12th, 2016

Our lab's recent article on histone assembly was the cover feature in the JACS October issue.

August 8th, 2016

In collaboration with the Wolynes and Dalal labs, we have published articles on the free energy landscape of nucleosomes and chaperones in histone assembly.

May 23, 2016

Our lab has created public repositories for recently developed codes MEDYAN and AWSEM-MD.

April 23, 2015

Our lab published an article in JACS on the effects of acetylation on the conformational preferences of the H4 histone tail.

May 20, 2014

We recently published a a paper in JACS on the origin of internal friction for unfolded proteins.

May 15, 2014

Garegin Papoian is now the director of Chemical Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park.

May 1, 2014

Garegin Papoian is now the Monroe Martin Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

June 12, 2013

Michelle Thomas was selected as a 2013 Hypercube Scolar.

May 4, 2012

Davit Potoyan received one of four Excellence in Research Awards from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UMD.

April 25, 2012

Michelle Thomas was selected as a 2012 Beckman Scholar.

April 16, 2012

Aram Davtyan received Dean's Summer Fellowship for Chemistry Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UMD.

April 12, 2012

Davit Potoyan won the first prize in his session at the Graduate Research Interaction Day (GRID) 2012.

Nov 16, 2011
Our recent paper in JACS on understanding the origin of DNA's rigidity was highlighted by "Chemistry World", which is an RSC publication.

Nov 16, 2011
Our recent paper in JACS on understanding the origin of DNA's rigidity was highlighted by "Chemistry World", which is an RSC publication.

May 23, 2011
Maria Minakova was accepted and provided with travel support to participate in the EU-US Summer School 2011 on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences.

May 22, 2011
Garegin Papoian received the Rice Family Fund Fellowship Award to participate in the program "Biological Frontiers of Polymer and Soft Matter Physics" organized by the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, CA.

March 22, 2011
Davit Potoyan was named amont the 2011 Student Research Achievement Award Winners of the Biophysical Society National Meeting in Baltimore. Three hundred and nine society student members participated in this competitive event. Congrats!

March 18, 2011
Dr. Garegin A. Papoian delivered the Hettleman Prize lecture at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Last updated: January 23rd, 2017