Yun William Yu

Hertz Fellow: Yun William Yu

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Area of Study

Mathematics, Chemistry, Germanic Studies

Fellowship Years

2012 - present

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.

After 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.