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
- How do the chromosomes fold and move in the conﬁned space of cell nucleus?
- The heterogeneity of chromosomes architecture and its role in their biological functions?
- How the molecular motors (such as Kinesins, Myosins, Dyneins et al) work together as teams?
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.
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