Postdoctoral Researcher

Thirumalai Lab @ The University of Texas at Austin

Theoretical and Computational Biophysics

Hi, I’m Guang Shi (时光). I’m cur­rently a post­doc­toral fel­low work­ing with Dr. Dave Thirumalai at the Department of Chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin. My re­search is the­o­ret­i­cal and com­pu­ta­tional bio­physics and com­pu­ta­tional bi­ol­ogy, work­ing at the in­ter­face of physics, chem­istry, ma­chine learn­ing, and bi­ol­ogy. I em­ploy so­phis­ti­cated the­o­ries and com­pu­ta­tional ap­proaches to study the or­ga­ni­za­tion, as­sem­bly, and dy­nam­ics of bio­mol­e­cules. My method­ol­ogy is to de­velop mech­a­nis­tic mod­els that quan­ti­ta­tively ex­plain the ex­per­i­men­tal ob­ser­va­tion while pro­vid­ing use­ful pre­dic­tions. My cur­rent re­search in­ter­ests in­clude the physics of genomes and bio­mol­e­c­u­lar con­den­sates and the phys­i­cal mech­a­nisms un­der­ly­ing their bi­o­log­i­cal func­tions.

I grew up in Xi’an, China. I re­ceived my Bachelor’s de­gree in physics from Nanjing University. I earned my Ph.D. in Biophysics un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Prof. Dave Thirumalai from the Biophysics Program at the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, University of Maryland at College Park, in 2019. Subsequently, I worked as a post­doc­toral fel­low in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin from 2019 to 2021, and at Prof. Kenneth S. Schweizer’s lab in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2021 to 2023.

For my past and re­cent work, check my pub­li­ca­tions or Google Scholar

Aside from my aca­d­e­mic re­search, I like cod­ing, math, and vi­su­al­iza­tion. I oc­ca­sion­ally blog about side pro­jects, in­ter­est­ing prob­lems en­coun­tered in my re­search, and other stuff.

I also love to take pho­tos. I pri­mar­ily take films but some­times dig­i­tal as well.

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