Davit Potoyan

Davit Potoyan

  • Associate Professor
  • Chemistry
We use computer simulations and machine learning to understand mechanisms of assembly, catalysis, and evolutionary adaptation of biomolecules.


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2759 Gilman, 2415 Osborn Dr
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Professor Potoyan received his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics at the University of Maryland-College Park in 2012. He spent the next few years training as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics at Rice University. He joined Iowa State in 2017 as a Caldwell Assistant Professor of Chemistry and currently holds a courtesy faculty appointment in BBMB as well as in BCB programs. The research field of Professor Potoyan is in computational biophysics broadly defined. His group is using multi-scale computational tools rooted in statistical physics, machine learning, and data analytics to work on a variety of biologically motivated problems. Some of the active areas of research in the group include the condensation of disordered proteins and nucleic acids,  enzyme dynamics, chromatin organization, and epigenetic networks of stem cells.