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
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materLangley High School
Princeton University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of California, Berkeley
Known forFolding@home, Genome@home
AwardsBárány Award (2012)
DeLano Award (2015)
Scientific career
FieldsChemistry, computational biology, molecular biology
InstitutionsStanford University
Academic advisorsPhilip Anderson, Daniel S. Rokhsar
Notable studentsJeremy England

Vijay Satyanand Pande is a Trinidadian-American venture capitalist. Pande is the former 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]

Personal life[edit]

Pande was born in Trinidad in the 1970s to Indian parents.[5][6] He has two children and likes cats.[1]

After graduating from high school in 1988, Pande worked briefly at the video game development company Naughty Dog in the early 1990s in his late teens, serving as a co-programmer and designer on their 1991 release, Rings of Power.[7][8] While Pande was attending MIT and Naughty Dog was based in Boston, he played the secret boss character in the 3DO fighting game Way of the Warrior.[9]


Pande graduated from Langley High School's class of 1988 while growing up in McLean, Virginia.[10] In 1992, Pande received his B.A. from Princeton University.[2] [11] MIT awarded him a PhD 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.[12][13]

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,[14] after accumulating a large database of protein sequences.[14][15]

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.[16]


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.[17] In 2015, Pande received the DeLano Award for Computational Biosciences, as well as the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Distinguished Chair in Chemistry.[18][19]


  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 2012-07-12. 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. ^ "MobyGames". Retrieved 5 May 2020.
  10. ^ "Vijay Pande". Facebook. 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  11. ^ "Vijay Pande". Stanford University. 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ "Bio-X Stanford University: Vijay Pande". Bio-X Stanford University. 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-16.
  14. ^ a b "Genome@home Updates". 2002-03-04. Retrieved 2011-09-05.
  15. ^ Pande Group. "Genome@home FAQ". Stanford University. Archived from the original (FAQ) on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2011-09-05.
  16. ^ "Pande Group Software". Stanford University. 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-21.
  17. ^ Vijay Pande (June 29, 2012). "Re: Protein Folding Conference (F@h and experiments)". Retrieved June 29, 2012.
  18. ^ "ASBMB News: 2015 ASBMB award winners". Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  19. ^ "Stanford Department of Chemistry Faculty". Stanford University. 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-08-21. Retrieved 2015-07-22.

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