Davit Potoyan

Assistant Professor
davit potoyan

Davit A Potoyan is a theoretical chemist focusing primarily on biophysical problems. He received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Yerevan State University of Armenia in 2007. He then received a PhD in Chemical Physics from University of Maryland-College Park in 2012. His thesis work carried out with Professor Garyk Papoian showed how epigenetically driven order/disorder transitions in histone tails mediate nano-scale organization of chromatin. He was then a Postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics at Rice University in Houston TX where he worked with Professor Peter Wolynes on elucidating non-equilibrium mechanisms of eukaryotic gene regulation, allosteric dynamics of functional proteins and genome dynamics. Davit joined the faculty of Iowa State University in August 2017 as a Caldwell Assistant Professor of Theoretical Chemistry. The research efforts of Potoyan group are aimed to build novel theroetical and computational models for understanding the self-assembly and phase-transitions in proteins and nucleic acids, information flow and dynamics in biochemical reaction networks and intracellular organization on mesoscopic scales.

Area of Expertise: 
Theoretical and Computational Biophysics and Chemistry
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