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Postdoctoral Researcher

Thirumalai Lab @ UT Austin

I am a biophysicist trained in using physics-based computational and theoretical method to study interphase chromosome organization

Hi, I’m Guang Shi (时光). I’m cur­rently a post­doc­toral fel­low in Thirumalai’s group at the University of Texas at Austin. I work on de­vel­op­ing phys­i­cal mod­els (both the­o­ret­i­cal and com­pu­ta­tional) for liv­ing sys­tem. Currently, my re­search fo­cuses on the phys­i­cal mod­el­ling of chro­matin fold­ing and mol­e­c­u­lar mo­tors.

I grew up in Xi’an, China. I re­ceived my Bachelor’s de­gree in physics from Nanjing University and got my Ph.D. in bio­physics from Univ. of Maryland at College Park. Coming from a physics back­ground, I be­lieve phys­i­cal mod­el­ing of liv­ing sys­tem can lead to in­sights and dis­cov­er­ies which are oth­er­wise dif­fi­cult to be achieved purely by ex­per­i­ments. At the same time, many of bi­ol­ogy do lies in the de­tails - an im­por­tant point com­pu­ta­tional and the­o­ret­i­cal bio­physi­cists should al­ways bear in mind.

My cur­rent re­search fo­cuses on un­der­stand­ing

My re­search meth­ods are the­o­ret­i­cal and com­pu­ta­tional, in­volv­ing equi­lib­rium and non-equi­lib­rium sta­tis­ti­cal me­chan­ics, poly­mer physics, com­puter sim­u­la­tions, and ma­chine learn­ing.


Asides from my aca­d­e­mic re­search, I like cod­ing, math, data analy­sis, and vi­su­al­iza­tion. I oc­ca­sion­ally blog about side pro­jects, in­ter­est­ing prob­lems en­coun­tered in my re­search and other stuff. I pre­vi­ously use a word­press blog.

I also love to take pho­tos. I pri­mar­ily take films but some­times dig­i­tal as well. I cur­rently have a Nikon F3HP, a Canon EOS 620, and a GR III. My favourite pho­tog­ra­phy sub­ject is land­scape. It can be ei­ther na­ture or man-made land­scape, or con­tem­po­rary land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy. My favourite pho­tog­ra­phers are Stephen Shore and Alex Webb.

  • The site fav­i­con is the char­ac­ter of my last name 时 writ­ten in a Chinese tra­di­tional cal­lig­ra­phy - 篆书. Made us­ing Inkscape.

  • Writings on this site are un­der Creative Commons li­cense un­less stated oth­er­wise. Photos are copy­righted. Feel free to con­tact me if you want to use any con­tents.

  • The de­sign of this web­site is heav­ily in­flu­enced by macwright.org. Credit to @tmcw


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