My research interests lie at the interface between statistical physics and biochemistry. I carry out computer simulations of polymer-based protein models using Monte Carlo techniques, such as Wang-Landau sampling and multicanonical sampling, with the goal of gaining insight into the protein folding process.
"Folding in a semi-flexible lattice model for Crambin", G. Shi, A.C.K. Farris, T. Wüst, and D. P. Landau, J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 686, 012001 (2016).
"Renormalization group solution of the Chutes & Ladder model", L. A. Ball, A.C.K. Farris, and S. Boettcher, Physica A 421, 171-179 (2015).
Center Director David P. Landau has been awarded a "Doctor Honoris Causa" by the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
The American Astronomical Society prize was given to Kyle Walker for his thesis "Molecular Collisional Excitation in Astrophysical Environments and Modeling the Early Universe."