Department of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh
We are a collaborative group of scientists who work at the interface of chemistry, physics, and biology to explore the role of dynamics and kinetics in the function of biomolecules. We focus on the development and application of advanced simulation methods to generate atomistic views of rare events in biology (e.g., protein binding and large-scale transitions in proteins). We also develop simulation strategies for rational enhancement of protein switching kinetics. We are the primary developers of the WESTPA software for weighted ensemble simulations of rare events and implicitly polarized AMBER force fields (ff15ipq/ff15ipq-m).
Chong lab graduate student, Jeremy Leung, is awarded a 2023-2024 MolSSI Software Fellowship!
Lillian Chong is featured in 2022 by PittWire as Ones to Watch.
WESTPA-enabled spike-opening simulations of the coronavirus featured on the front page of The New York Times (December 1, 2021).
Anthony Bogetti and Lillian Chong are part of an international team that wins the 2020 Gordon Bell Special Prize for HPC-based COVID-19 Research.