Tom Chou, Ph.D.

Department of Mathematics

310-206-2787 phone
310-825-8685 fax


  • S.B, M.I.T.
  • M.A., Harvard University 
  • Ph.D, Harvard University

Awards and Positions

  • 2010 – 2013 Army Research Office 58386MA
  • 2010 – 2011 NSF DMS-1032131
  • 2010 – 2013 NSF DMS-1021818
  • 2010 – 2012 NIH NIAIDS R21AI092218 (PI: B. Lee) 

Research Interests

  • Nonequilibrium statistical mechanics
  • Complex fluids
  • Theoretical biophysics
  • Lattice models of nucleation
  • Random media

Recent Papers

  1. Kelechi Chikere, Tom Chou, Paul R. Gorry, and Benhur Lee, Affinofile Profiling: How efficiency of CD4/CCR5 usage impacts the biological and pathogenic phenotype of HIV, In Press: Virology, (2012). (pdf)
  2. Romain Yvenic, M. R. D’Orsogna, and Tom Chou, First passage times in stochastic self-assembly, Submitted to:Journal of Chemical Physics, (2012). (pdf)
  3. Tom Chou and Michael Siegel, The mechanics of retinal detachment, Physical Biology9, 046001, (2012). (pdf)
  4. Tom Chou, The physics of retinal delamination, Submitted to: Physical Review letters, (2012). (pdf)
  5. Tom Chou, K. Mallick, and R. K. P. Zia, Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics: Fundamental issues, a paradigmatic model, and applications to biological transport, Reports on Progess in Physics74, 116601, (2011). (pdf)
  6. M. R. D’Orsogna, G. Lakatos, and Tom Chou, Stochastic nucleation of incommensurate clusters, Journal of Chemical Physics136, 084110, (2012). (pdf)
  7. Pak Wing Fok and Tom Chou, Reconstruction of the Bellman-Harris branching process from extinction probabilities and number distributions, Submitted to: Journal of Statistical Physics, (2012). (pdf)
  8. J. Chang, K. C. Brennan, and T. Chou, Tracking monotonically advancing boundaries in image sequences using graph cuts and recursive kernel shape priors, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging31, 1008-1020, (2012). (pdf)
  9. Tom Chou and M. R. D’Orsogna, Coarsening and accelerated equilibration in mass-conserving heterogeneous nucleation, Phys. Rev. E84, 011608, (2011). (pdf)
  10. Melissa Gibbons, Tom Chou and M. R. D’Orsogna, Diffusion-dependent mechanisms of receptor engagement and viral entry, J. Phys. Chem. B114, 15403-15412, (2010). (pdf)