I like to think that my path through science has two driving forces: One that is an unknown, external, stochastic force, that tries to push me into a random walk. The other one is my commitment to do math and modeling, while avoiding hand waving descriptions whenever possible.

As a result, I worked on different projects, which gave me the joy of few discoveries and predictions. Below, there is a list of the related publications:

  • Jones P. R., Hao X., Cruz-Chu, E. R., Rykaczewski K., Nandy K., Schutzius T. M., Varanasi K. K., Megaridis C. M., Walther J. H., Koumoutsakos P., Espinosa H. D., Patankar N. A. Scientific Reports, 2015, 5, 12311. DOI: 10.1038/srep12311.
  • Cruz-Chu, E. R.; Malafeev, A.; Pajarskas, T; Pivkin, I. V.; Koumoutsakos, P. Structure and Response to Flow of the Glycocalyx Layer. Biophysical Journal, 2014, 106, 232-243. DOI: 10.1016/j.bpj.2013.09.060.
  • Walther, J. H.; Ritos, K.; Cruz-Chu, E. R.; Megaridis, C. M.; Koumoutsakos, P. Barriers to Superfast Water Transport in Carbon Nanotube Membranes. Nano Letters, 2013, 13, 1910-1914. DOI: 10.1021/nl304000k.
  • Chen, Y.*; Cruz-Chu, E. R.*; Woodard, J. C.; Gartia, M. R.; Schulten K.; Lui, L. Electrically Induced Conformational Change of Peptides on Metallic Nanosurfaces. ACS Nano, 2012, 6, 8847-8856. DOI: 10.1021/nn3027408.
  • Cruz-Chu, E. R.; Schulten K. Computational Microscopy of the Role of Protonable Surface Residues in Nanoprecipitation Oscillations. ACS Nano, 2010, 4, 4463-4474. DOI: 10.1021/nn100399f
  • Cruz-Chu, E. R.; Ritz, T.; Siwy, Z. S.; Schulten, K. Molecular Control of Ionic Conduction in Polymer Nanopores. Faraday Discussions, 2009, 143, 47-62. DOI: 10.1039/b906279n
  • Cruz-Chu, E. R.; Aksimentiev, A.; Schulten, K. Ionic Current Rectification through Silica Nanopores. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2009, 113, 1850-1862. DOI: 10.1021/jp804724p
  • Aksimentiev, A.; Brunner, R. K.; Cruz-Chu, E.; Comer, J.; Schulten, K. Modeling Transport through Synthetic Nanopores. IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine, 2009, 3, 20-28. DOI: 10.1109/MNANO.2008.931112
  • Aksimentiev, A.; Brunner, R. K.; Cohen, J.; Comer, J.; Cruz-Chu, E.; Hardy, D.; Rajan, A.; Shih, A.; Sigalov, G.; Yin, Y.; Schulten K. Computer Modeling in Biotechnology, a Partner in Development. In Protocols in Nanostructure Design, Methods in Molecular Biology, Humana Press, New-Jersey, USA, 2008, 181-234. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-59745-480-3_11
  • Lu, D; Aksimentiev, A.; Shih, A. Y.; Cruz-Chu, E.; Freddolino, P. L.; Arkhipov, A.; Schulten, K. The Role of Molecular Modeling in Bionanotechnology. Physical Biology, 2006, 3, S40-S53. DOI: 10.1088/1478-3975/3/1/S05
  • Cruz-Chu, E. R.; Aksimentiev, A.; Schulten, K. Water-Silica Force Field for Simulating Nanodevices. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2006, 110, 21497-21508. DOI: 10.1021/jp063896o
  • Dutta, K.; Shi, H.; Cruz-Chu, E. R.; Kami, K.; Ghose, R. Dynamic Influences on a High-Affinity, High-Specificity Interaction Involving the C-Terminal SH3 Domain of p67phox. Biochemistry, 2004, 43, 8094-8106. DOI: 10.1021/bi030268d
  • Mancusso, R.*; Cruz, E.*; Cataldi, M.; Mendoza, C.; Fuchs, J.; Wang, H.; Yang, X.; Tasayco, M. L. Reversal of Negative Charges on the Surface of Escherichia Coli Thioredoxin: Pockets versus Protrusions. Biochemistry, 2004, 43, 3835-3843. DOI: 10.1021/bi0354684

There are some other projects I am still working, but publications are not out yet, I would list them as soon as they get in press.

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