Current Postdocs

Rui Lai

Postdoctoral Fellow (06/2018-present)

Rui received his B.S from Jilin University and his Ph.D. from University of Nebraska-Lincoln under the supervisor of Prof. Hui Li, working on the mechanism of various enzymes using DFT/MM and MP2/MM calculations. His research interests concern the development and application of QM/MM methods. By using QM/MM free energy simulation, he is now working to get better mechanistic understanding of phosphoryl transfer enzymes.

Younghoon Oh

Postdoctoral Fellow (04/2019-present)

Younghoon Oh received his B.S., M.S., and Ph. D. from Sogang University in South Korea. He worked on the diffusion mechanism of model lipid bilayers and other low-dimensional soft matters such as polymer thin film, two-dimensional colloids, and two-dimensional ring polymer solutions. Starting from April 2019, he joined QC’s group at Boston University. He has been investigating the self-assembly process of peptides, membrane proteins and nanoparticles, among other non-equilibrium processes, including transport of nanoparticles through cell membrane driven by an esterification/de-esterification cycle.

Zeke Piskulich

Postdoctoral Fellow (06/2021-present)

Zeke received his B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 2017. Zeke received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Kansas in 2021 where he worked with Profs. Ward H. Thompson and Brian B. Laird developing a fluctuation theory approach for calculating activation energies using simulations at a single temperature. Zeke started in the Cui group in June 2021. He is now investigating the interactions between nanoplastic particles and lipid vesicles as a part of the NSF Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology. He is also currently interested in improving analysis of enhanced sampling techniques used to estimate phase transition temperatures in lipid membranes.

Sanjoy Paul

Postdoctoral Fellow (06/2021-present)

Sanjoy completed his B.Sc. in Chemistry from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. Then he joined the Department of Chemical Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, India and received M.Sc. and Ph.D. with Prof. Ravindra Venkatramani in 2021. During his Ph. D., he developed energy landscape sensitive metrics (CVCF) to extract quantitative information about protein dynamics from MD simulation. Then he joined the Cui group at Boston University in June, 2021 to pursue postdoctoral research. His current research interest lies in the field of membrane biophysics and protein induced membrane remodeling. He employs atomistic and coarse grained MD simulation to understand how SAR1 becomes activated in presence of GTP and starts sculpting on the membrane which ultimately regulates COPII mediated vesicular trafficking from ER to the Golgi Apparatus in the cell.

Sayantan Mondal

Postdoctoral Fellow (06/2021-present)

Sayantan received his B.Sc. from St. Xavier’s College (Kolkata, India) followed by an M.Sc. from Calcutta University (India). He earned his Ph.D. in Feb 2021 from the Indian Institute of Science (Bengaluru, India). During his Ph.D., with Prof. Biman Bagchi, he studied several aspects of confined water, biomolecular hydration, microdroplet chemistry, and protein association with the help of statistical mechanics and molecular simulations. Starting from June 2021, he joined the Cui-group at Boston University as a postdoctoral research associate. His present research focuses on the interaction of disordered proteins with cell membranes by employing coarse-grained simulations.

Van-Quan Vuong

Postdoctoral Fellow (10/2021-present)

Van-Quan Vuong received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Science in Vietnam and an M.S. in chemistry from Nagoya University in Japan. He received his Ph.D. in Energy Science and Engineering from the University of Tennessee under the supervision of Dr. Stephan Irle, working on the “Development of Density-Functional Tight-Binding Methods for Chemical Energy Science”. His current research interest is developing and applying DFTB methods for simulations of biomolecules.

Interested in joining the Cui group? Write to QC!