Alexander Pak’s Research

Assistant Professor Alexander Pak’s research focuses on rationally engineering materials through modification of molecular building blocks and environmental factors during preparation and operation. To do so, we investigate the fundamental connections between microscopic interactions and macroscopic behavior under equilibrium and non-equilibrium conditions. Our strategy is to develop and apply multiscale computational techniques – in particular, atomistic and coarse-grained simulations – to study structure-dynamics-function relationships and to identify guiding principles for materials tailored to specific applications. 

Alexander Pak joined the department in spring 2021. He previously held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago. His research focused on understanding viral morphogenesis during HIV-1 and SARS-CoV-2 infection through the systematic development and application of coarse-grained molecular models. 

More information about Dr. Pak can be found on his faculty page.


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“Researching in Dr. Pak’s lab has been very enjoyable so far. I’ve only just started researching under Dr. Pak, but I can already tell that we are going to make a lot of progress very quickly. Coming into the Pak group I was unfamiliar with many aspects of utilizing computational methods in research, outside of core curriculum of course, but as we have begun to dig deeper into our groups goals and models, I’ve really started to see the applications more thoroughly for computational power. I’m excited for the near future, and the efforts our group will be putting forth!”

Mitchel Hale

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