Rian Kormos is involved in the development of improved force fields for biomolecular simulation. He received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. There, he worked on the development of novel algorithms for transition path sampling and studied a coarse-grained model of thylakoid membrane proteins as a member of Phillip Geissler's research group. He previously conducted research in Carlos Bustamante's lab at UC Berkeley, where he investigated the mechanism of translation on prokaryotic ribosomes using optical tweezers. In his free time, he enjoys reading, exploring the city, and doing genealogical research.