Davit Potoyan

Caldwell Assistant Professor of Theoretical Chemistry

Davit A. Potoyan is a theoretical chemist focusing primarily on biophysical problems. 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.  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.  Joined Iowa State University in August 2017 as a Caldwell Assistant Professor of Theoretical Chemistry.  His current interests are in the areas of information processing and regulation in complex biological networks, self-assembly of bio-molecular and active matter and meso-scale stochastic dynamics of biochemical reactions in structurally heterogeneous environments.

Area of Expertise: 
Chemical Physics
Ph.D. Chemical Physics, University of Maryland-College Park, 2012
B.S. Chemistry, Yerevan State University, Armenia, 2007
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