vitae: Terry Hwa


June 1986B.S.
Physics, Biology,
& Electrical Engr
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
physics thesis : The electroweak contribution to muon’s g-2 anomaly
EE thesis: Laser-recrystallization and silicon-on-insulator device structure
June 1990; Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
thesis: Statistical mechanics and dynamics of surfaces and membranes
thesis advisors: Mehran Kardar and Toyoichi Tanaka
09/1990 — 08/1993 Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Physics, Harvard University
mentors: Daniel Fisher and David Nelson


07/2018 — present Distinguished Professor, U.C. San Diego
07/2014 — present Presidential Chair Professor, U.C. San Diego
07/2015 — present director, Quantitative Biology Graduate Program, U.C. San Diego
01/2014 — 08/2015 Senior Fellow, Institute for Theoretical Studies, ETH Zurich
07/2009 — 06/2018 Professor, Division of Biological Sciences, U.C. San Diego
11/2008 — 12/2013 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Hong Kong University
09/2002 — 08/2007 ChangJiang Visiting Professor, Center for Advanced Study, Tsinghua U., Beijing, China
07/1999 — 06/2018 Professor, Department of Physics,  U.C. San Diego
01/1999 — 12/1999 Visiting Professor, Center for Studies in Physics and Biology, Rockefeller University
07/1995 — 06/1999 Assoc. Professor, Department of Physics, U.C. San Diego
08/1994 — 06/1995 Asst. Professor, Department of Physics, University of  Stony Brook
09/1993 — 08/1994 Long-term Member, School of Natural Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study

Awards & Fellowships

2022 Max Delbruck Prize in Biological Physics, American Physical Society
2020 Member, the National Academy of Sciences
2012 Fellow,  the American Academy of Microbiology
2008 Fellow, the American Physical Society
2000-03 Burroughs-Wellcome’s Innovation Award in Functional Genomics
1999-00 Guggenheim Fellowship
1997-00 Beckman Young Investigator Award
1995-98 Young Investigator Award, Office of Naval Research
1994-99 A. P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship
1993 Outstanding Young Researcher Award, Overseas Chinese Physics Assoc.
1986 LeRoy Apker Award, American Physical Society

Professional Activities

2023 — present Editorial Board Member, PRX Life
2014 — present Editorial Board Member, Molecular Systems Biology
2011 — present Steering Committee Member, EcoCyc
2005 — 2011 International Advisory Committee Member, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science
2004 — 2010 Editor-in-Chief, Physical Biology
2003 — 2009 Organizer, q-bio preprint archive
2003 — 2006 Member, Steering Committee, Kavali Institute of Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara
2001 Organizer, Program on “Statistical Physics and Biological Information”, Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara