Davit Potoyan

Assistant Professor


Office:2759 Gilman
2415 Osborn Dr
Ames IA

Topics of interest: Biophysics, Theoretical Chemistry


Davit A Potoyan is a theoretical chemist focusing primarily on biophysical problems. He received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Yerevan State University of Armenia in 2007. He then received a PhD in Chemical Physics from University of Maryland-College Park in 2012. 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. He was then 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. Davit joins the faculty of 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.