Headshot portrait of Vincent Chu - Bio-X Pfizer Fellow
Bio-X Graduate Student Fellow

Awarded in 2005
Home Department: Applied Physics
Faculty Advisor: Sebastian Doniach (Applied Physics)

Research Title: Improvements in Electrostatics Theory will lead to Greater Understanding of Nucleic Acid Systems

Research Description: Ion atmospheres play an important role in the function and formation of tertiary structure in charged nucleic acids; however, current understanding of electrostatics around nucleic acids is poorly understood. Vincent’s research was focused on advancing the theory of nucleic acid electrostatics, the creation of computational tools to model these effects, and experimental verification of new theories. Research in this area would lead to new drug designs, molecular sensor designs, and increased knowledge of gene regulation.


Vincent is the CTO and co-founder of HomeVision.