Biophysics Faculty

Faculty members from the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Physics and Astronomy are addressing questions or methodologies of molecular or cellular biophysics as a major component of their research. The biophysics PhD program brings together this group of talented and specialized experts with diverse research interests.

Joe Angleson

Associate Professor and Department Chair
Department of Biological Sciences

Research interests: cell physiology of endocrine cells/spatial-temporal aspects of intracellular signaling and vesicle trafficking

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Cedric Asensio

Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences

Research interests: cellular mechanisms of neuroendocrine secretion

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Scott Barbee

Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences

Research interests: dynamics of mRNPs in neurons in vivo

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Todd Blankenship

Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences

Research interests: dynamic regulation of epithelial tissue architecture

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Erich Chapman

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Research interests: mechanisms of RNA decay

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Gareth Eaton

Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Research interests: imaging local oxygen concentration in vivo

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Sandra Eaton

Professor and Department Chair
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Research interests: measurement of distances between paramagnetic centers in proteins

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Kingshuk Ghosh

Associate Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Research interests: theoretical statistical mechanics to model the thermodynamics and kinetics of protein folding, misfolding, aggregation and the role of fluctuations in biology

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Scott Horowitz

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Research interests: nucleic acids effects on protein folding and aggregation

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Michelle Knowles

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Research interests: membrane fusion and transport of chemicals across the plasma membrane

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Sunil Kumar

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Erich Kushner

Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences

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John Latham

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Daniel Linseman

Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences

Research interests: mitochondrial dysfunction in neurodegeneration and neurotrauma

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Dinah Loerke

Associate Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Research interests: quantitative image analysis and spatiotemporal dynamics of cellular and subcellular events

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Martin Margittai

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Research interests: protein folding and misfolding related to neurodegenerative diseases

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David Patterson

Senior Research Professor
Department of Biological Sciences

Research interests: biophysical and metabolomic analysis of human inborn errors of metabolism and chromosomal disorders

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Yan Qin

Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences

Research interests: developing genetically encoded probes to reveal the biological roles of zinc in neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration

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Schuyler van Engelenburg

Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences

Research interests: host-cell factors involved in promoting virus assembly and release

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