Glenn S. Edwards

Glenn S. Edwards

Professor of Physics

Office Location: 
French Family Science Center, 2314, Durham, NC 27708
Front Office Address: 
Box 90305, Durham, NC 27708-0305
Phone: 
(919) 660-2674

Overview

Glenn Edwards investigates biological systems using a range of experimental techniques and theoretical methods from physics. His interests include Investigations of energy transduction where laser energy transforms into vibrational energy of biological molecules which then transforms into heat and pressure pulses that selectively drive tissue-scale dynamics. This line of research has led to human surgical applications of Free-Electron Lasers and spin-off laser technology. Another interest includes investigations of how biology harnesses physical mechanisms in biomechanical processes. This line of research investigates tissue dynamics and pattern formation during early development in Drosophila embryos.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park 1984

  • B.S., University of Maryland, College Park 1978

Palmer, R. A., et al. “Fourier transform infrared picosecond time-resolved spectroscopy with a UV free electron laser pump and synchrotron IR probe.” Proceedings of Spie  the International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 3775, Dec. 1999, pp. 137–44.

Keay, B., et al. “Time-resolved infrared transmittance and reflectance of a propagating melt in gaas.” Physical Review B  Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, vol. 60, no. 15, Jan. 1999, pp. 10898–902. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.60.10898. Full Text

Sobol, E., et al. “Effect of wavelength on threshold and kinetics of tissue denaturation under laser radiation.” Proceedings of Spie  the International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 3601, Jan. 1999, pp. 122–29.

Shen, J. H., et al. “Hollow waveguide delivered infrared free electron laser for microsurgical applications.” Proceedings of Spie  the International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 3262, Dec. 1998, pp. 130–34. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.309466. Full Text

Edwards, G., et al. “Infrared dynamics of collagen, microtubules, and water: Biophysical research enabling biomedical FEL applications.” Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions With Materials and Atoms, vol. 144, no. 1–4, Sept. 1998, pp. 260–64. Scopus, doi:10.1016/S0168-583X(98)00313-9. Full Text

Robinson, R. D., et al. “Healing of cultured human cornea after free electron laser ablation.” Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, vol. 38, no. 4, Dec. 1997.

Shen, J. H., et al. “Investigation of a clinical intraocular microsurgical device using the infrared free electron laser.” Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, vol. 38, no. 4, Dec. 1997.

Edwards, G. “10. Physical Mechanisms Governing the Ablation of Biological Tissue.” Experimental Methods in the Physical Sciences, vol. 30, no. C, Dec. 1997, pp. 449–73. Scopus, doi:10.1016/S0076-695X(08)60402-0. Full Text

Shen, J. H., et al. “Cultured human cornea healing process after free electron laser ablation.” Proceedings of Spie  the International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 2971, Dec. 1997, pp. 83–88. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.275106. Full Text

Wagner, K., et al. “Analytical Debye-Huckel model for electrostatic potentials around dissolved DNA..” Biophysical Journal, vol. 73, no. 1, July 1997, pp. 21–30. Epmc, doi:10.1016/s0006-3495(97)78043-3. Full Text

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