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Pho Bui

Graduate Student



209 South Frear Building

Mailing Address:

104 Chemistry Building 
University Park, PA 16802

Research Group:

Cremer Group



B.A. Biochemistry, minor in Statistics, Mount Holyoke College, 2016


Honors and Awards:


Harry and Catharine Dalalian Graduate Fellowship, 2017-2018

Homer F. Braddock Scholarship, 2016

Mu Sigma Rho Society by The National Statistics Honorary Society, 2016




Many biophysical processes, such as protein folding, enzymatic activity and the stability of biopharmaceuticals occur in the crowded cellular environment. This dense matrix is enriched in ions and small organic molecules called osmolytes, which can significantly affect protein stability. In the Cremer group, I am exploring the molecular level mechanisms that govern small molecule and ion-specific interactions that take place in the bulk solution and at biointerfaces through a combination of thermodynamic measurements and vibrational spectroscopy techniques.




Bruce, E. E.; Bui, P. T.; Rogers, B. A.; Cremer, P. S.; van der Vegt, N. F. A. Nonadditive Ion Effects Drive Both Collapse and Swelling of Thermoresponsive Polymers in Water. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019 (in press).