Innovative Algorithms for Molecular Simulations
Chemical Theory . Statistical Mechanics . Computing & Simulations

Principle Investigator
Professor Chi H. Mak
B.S. (Chem Engn, Berkeley, 1984)
Ph.D. (Chemistry, Stanford, 1988)

Department of Chemistry
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California 90089-0482, U.S.A.
Phone: +1-213-740-4101
E-mail: cmak AT
Facebook: Mak Group @USC Chemistry

Short Bio

C.H. Mak graduated with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley in 1984 and earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Stanford University in 1988. After a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at U.C. Berkeley, Dr Mak joined the faculty at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, where he is currently full Professor of Chemistry. Prof Mak has more than 20 years of experience teaching chemistry, and he is the author of more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific papers. His research specialty is in the area of theoretical chemistry, specifically statistical mechanics, computations and molecular simulations. He has received numerous awards for his teaching and research, including the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, the Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Award, a Sloan Fellowship, the Teaching with Technology Prize at USC, and the USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Research Interests

  • RNA Modeling and Tertiary Structure Prediction
  • Computer Simulation/Modeling Techniques and Algorithms
  • Quatnum Dynamics and Tunneling in Condensed Phases
  • Electron Transfer Reactions in Solutions, Biological and Solid-State Systems


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley, 1990
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Stanford University, 1988
  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering, UC Berkeley, 1984

Professional Experience

  • 08/2011 - present, Chair of Chemistry
  • 07/2005 - 12/2009, Vice Chair of Chemistry
  • 09/2001 - present, Professor of Chemistry, USC
  • 09/1995 - 08/2001, Associate Professor of Chemistry, USC
  • 09/1990 - 08/1995, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, USC

Honors and Awards

  • 2009, USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2008, USC Provost's Teaching with Technology Price
  • 1994, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teaacher-Scholar Award
  • 1994, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow
  • 1992, National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award
  • 1992, Chemistry Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, USC
  • 1990, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation New Faculty Award

Teaching Experience

  • General and Advanced General Chemistry (20 years)
  • Statistical Mechanics (20 years)
  • Physical Chemistry (3 years)
  • Undergradaute Research Seminars (1 year)