Ellen D. Zhong

Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
Princeton University

email: zhonge [at] princeton [dot] edu
office: CS 314

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I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University. I am interested in problems at the intersection of AI and biology. My research develops core machine learning techniques for computational and structural biology problems, with a particular focus on protein structure determination with cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM). For more details on research from my group, see our lab website here.

‚ÄčI received my Ph.D. from MIT, where I was co-advised by Bonnie Berger and Joey Davis. During my Ph.D., I created cryoDRGN, a neural method for 3D reconstruction of dynamic protein structures from cryo-EM images. In the summer of 2021, I interned with John Jumper and the AlphaFold Team at DeepMind. Prior to MIT, I was a scientific programmer at D. E. Shaw Research where I developed algorithms and infrastructure for predicting protein-small molecule binding free energies from molecular dynamics simulations for drug discovery.

I am actively recruiting graduate students and postdocs to become the founding members of my group. Please see here for more details.

Selected Publications




We co-founded and organize the Machine Learning for Structural Biology Workshop, held at NeurIPS in 2020, 2021, and 2022.

Selected Talks and Travel

Upcoming: 2022: 2021: 2020 and earlier:

This website is a work in progress. Last updated: September, 2022.