Vilmos Zsolnay

Graduate Student
Department of Biophysical Sciences
The University of Chicago

Vil completed his undergrad in physics at Northwestern University in 2016. He then developed coarse-grained models of cardiac signaling with Dr. Dirk Gillespie at Rush University. Starting in 2018, Vil has been developing coarse-grained simulations in the Voth Group with a focus on the material mechanisms in the actin cytoskeleton. He performs in vitro microscopy experiments on the cytoskeleton alongside Prof. David Kovar as well.  His long-term goal is to characterize fundamental biochemical mechanisms utilized by cells so that materials with biomimetic properties can be synthesized in non-biological contexts.



  1. Zsolnay V, Fill M, Gillespie D. Sarcoplasmic Reticulum Ca2+ Release Uses a Cascading Network of Intra-SR and Channel Countercurrents. Biophysical Journal.2018;114:462-473 
  2. Berti C, Zsolnay V, Shannon TR, Fill M, Gillespie D. Sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+, Mg2+, K+, and Cl- concentrations adjust quickly as heart rate changes. Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology.2017;103:31-39