William Yu did
his undergraduate work at Indiana University (IU) on a Wells Scholarship, majoring
in mathematics, chemistry, and Germanic Studies. There, to better understand
pain transmission, he applied proteomics methods to lipids thought to be
potential endogenous nociceptive neurotransmitters. For his senior project in
math, he used computational techniques to find SO(2n-1)-dense homomorphisms of
non-SO(3)-dense triangle groups. In addition, he coordinated the undergraduate
literary magazine Labyrinth and an annual "Writers on
Writing" panel discussion. On the Board of Aeons, he also researched
student and campus issues for the IU president.
graduation, William did his master’s work at Imperial College London on a
Marshall Scholarship. While there, he applied network partitioning techniques
to modeling protein dynamics and developed a novel local, multi-resolution
method for community detection in complex networks. Now, as a Hertz Fellow, William is working towards a
PhD in applied math at MIT, where he develops algorithms for processing and
analyzing next-generation genomic sequencing data.