Group Members

Principal Investigator

Margaret S. Cheung, Ph.D.

  • Moores Professor of Physics, University of Houston (with a joint appointment from the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Compute Science)
  • Senior Scientist and Outreach Director, Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, Rice University
  • Associate Editor, Reviews of Modern Physics

Tel: 713-743-8358. Fax: 713-7433589. Email: mscheung at

Postdoctoral Researchers

Graduate Students

Fabio Zegarra (UH, Physics, M.S. 2012-2013, 2015-2018)

Hydrodynamic interactions on protein folding rates.

Macromolecular crowding effects on protein ensemble.

Jacob Ezerski (UH, Physics 2014-)

B.Sci in Physics from Bard College, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Fairfield University.

Spatio-temporal control of calmodulin dependent calcium signaling in neurons.

Fellow of Houston Area Molecular Biophysics Program 2015-2018

Andrei Gasic (UH, Physics 2015-)

B.Sci in Physics from Emory University

Pressure-dependent protein folding

Fellow of Houston Area Molecular Biophysics Program 2016-

James Liman (Rice, Bioengineering 2015-, co-advised with Prof. Herbert Levine from Rice)

B. Eng in Bioengineering, Louisiana Tech University

Actin-myosin dynamics mediated by actin-binding proteins

Millad Ghane (UH, Computer Science 2016-) (co-advised with Prof. Larry Shi)

B. Sci in Computer Engineering from Razi University, M.Sci. Computer Engineering from Sharif University of Technology

Yossi Eliaz (UH, Physics, 2016-)

BSc. in Computer Engineering and Physics, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; MBA the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; M.S. in Computer Science, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Jacob Tinnin (UH, Physics, 2017-)

B.Sci. in Physics with minor in Computer Science, Brigham Young University

Undergraduate Interns

Brett Velasquez (Physics, FIS Fellow, Summer 2016-)

Lucas Babel (Physics, FIS Fellow, Spring 2017-)