Vijay S. Pande

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Vijay S. Pande
A portrait of Vijay Pande, looking straight ahead. His ethnicity is Indian. He has medium-length black hair, black-rim glasses, and a short mustache and beard. He is wearing a blue polo shirt under a black suit coat.
Pande in 2012
Born Trinidad
Residence United States
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Langley High School
Princeton University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of California, Berkeley
Known for Folding@home, Genome@home
Awards Bárány Award (2012)
DeLano Award (2015)
Scientific career
Fields Chemistry, computational biology, molecular biology
Institutions Stanford University
Academic advisors Philip Anderson, Daniel S. Rokhsar
Notable students Jeremy England

Vijay Satyanand Pande is a Trinidadian-American biomedical scientist and a former professor of chemistry, structural biology, and computer science at Stanford University. Pande is the director of the biophysics program and is best known for orchestrating the distributed computing disease research project known as Folding@home.[1] His research is focused on distributed computing and computer-modelling of microbiology.[2] His research focuses on improving computer simulations regarding drug-binding, protein design, and synthetic bio-mimetic polymers.[3] Pande became the ninth general partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz in November 2015.[4]


Pande was born in Trinidad to Indian parents.[5][6] He has two children and likes cats.[1] Pande also worked briefly at the video game development company Naughty Dog as a teenager in the early 1990s, serving as a co-programmer and designer on their 1991 release, Rings of Power.[7][8]


Pande graduated from Langley High School's class of 1988 while growing up in McLean Virginia.[9] In 1992, Pande received his B.A. in Physics from Princeton University.[2] He received academic advice from Nobel laureate Philip Anderson, T. Tanaka, and A. Grosberg for his BA and PhD theses on physics.[10] MIT awarded him a PhD after his thesis in 1995.[2]

Distributed computing[edit]

The protein-folding computer simulations from the Folding@home project is said to be "quantitatively" comparable to real-world experimental results. The method for this yield has been called a "holy grail" in computational biology.[11][12]

Pande directed the Genome@home project with the goal to understand the nature of genes and proteins by virtually designing new forms of them. Genome@home started to close as early as March 2004,[13] after accumulating a large database of protein sequences.[13][14]

Some of the programs and libraries involved are free software with GPL, LGPL, and BSD licenses, but the folding@home client and core remain proprietary.[15]


In 2002, he was named a Frederick E. Terman Fellow and an award recipient of MIT's TR100. The following year, he was awarded the Henry and Camile Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award.[3] In 2004, he received a Technovator award from Global Indus Technovators in its Biotech/Med/Healthcare category.[6] In 2006, Pande was awarded the Irving Sigal Young Investigator Award from the Protein Society. In 2008, he was named "Netxplorateur of 2008".[6] Also in 2008 he was given the Thomas Kuhn Paradigm Shift Award and became a Fellow of the American Physical Society.[2] Pande received the 2012 Michael and Kate Bárány Award for developing computational models for protein and RNA.[2][6] He is the second person to ever win both the "Protein Society Young Investigator Award" and "Biophysical Society Young Investigator" award.[16] In 2015, Pande received the DeLano Award for Computational Biosciences, as well as the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Distinguished Chair in Chemistry.[17][18]


  1. ^ a b "The Setup / Vijay Pande". 2011. Retrieved 2012-07-29.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Stanford University - Vijay Pande". Stanford University. 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
  3. ^ a b "About Me". 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
  4. ^ "Andreessen Horowitz Launches $200 Million Biotech Software Fund Led By New Partner Vijay Pande". Forbes. Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  5. ^ "Vijay Pande - Technology Review". Technology Review. 2002. Retrieved 2012-07-29.
  6. ^ a b c d Pande Group (2011). "Folding@home - Awards". Stanford University. Archived from the original on 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  7. ^ Naughty Dog (1991). Rings of Power. Sega Genesis. Electronic Arts. Scene: Credits.
  8. ^ "Vijay S. Pande". Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Vijay Pande". Facebook. 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  10. ^ "Vijay Pande". Stanford University. 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
  11. ^ G. Bowman; V. Volez & V. S. Pande (2011). "Taming the complexity of protein folding". Current Opinion in Structural Biology. 21 (1): 4–11. doi:10.1016/ PMC 3042729. PMID 21081274.
  12. ^ "Bio-X Stanford University: Vijay Pande". Bio-X Stanford University. 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-16.
  13. ^ a b "Genome@home Updates". 2002-03-04. Retrieved 2011-09-05.
  14. ^ Pande Group. "Genome@home FAQ". Stanford University. Archived from the original (FAQ) on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2011-09-05.
  15. ^ "Pande Group Software". Stanford University. 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-21.
  16. ^ Vijay Pande (June 29, 2012). "Re: Protein Folding Conference (F@h and experiments)". Retrieved June 29, 2012.
  17. ^ "ASBMB News: 2015 ASBMB award winners". Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  18. ^ "Stanford Department of Chemistry Faculty". Stanford University. 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-08-21. Retrieved 2015-07-22.

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