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MailTheoretical and Computational Biophysics Group
Beckman Institute, Room 3115
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
405 N. Mathews
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone(217) 244-5883
DeptCenter for Biophysics and Computational Biology


  • BS in Physics, Brigham Young University, 2007
    • Physical Mechanics
    • Statistical Mechanics
    • Quantum Mechanics
    • General Relativity
    • Computer Science
    • Partial Differential Equations
    • Linear Algebra
  • PhD in Biophysics and Computational Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, (en route)
    • Biophysics
    • Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics
    • Biomolecular Physics
    • Scientific Computing
    • Parallel Computing
    • Programming Massively Parallel Microprocessors in CUDA
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Neural Network Modeling


  • Protein translocation through channels; in particular how flagellin monomers travel through the inner channel of flagellum.
  • High Performance Computing. I have developed a novel Generalized Born Implicit Solvent implementation in NAMD which scales to thousands of processors.
  • I also contribute to developing group resources as a part of the Web Development Team and the System Adminstration Team.


(3) Parallel generalized Born implicit solvent calculations with NAMD. David E. Tanner, Kwok-Yan Chan, James C. Phillips and Klaus Schulten. Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, 7:3635-3642 (2011).

(2) Theoretical and computational investigation of flagellin translocation and bacterial flagellum growth. David E. Tanner, Wen Ma, Zhongzhou Chen and Klaus Schulten. Biophysical Journal, 100:2548-2556 (2011).

(1) ISODISPLACE: a web-based tool for exploring structural distortions. Branton J. Campbell, Harold T. Stokes, David E. Tanner and Dorian M. Hatch. Journal of Applied Crystallography, 39:607-614 (2006).