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
(919) 660-2674


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

Edwards, Glenn S., and M. Shane Hutson. “Advantage of the Mark-III FEL for biophysical research and biomedical applications.Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, vol. 10, no. Pt 5, Sept. 2003, pp. 354–57. Epmc, doi:10.1107/s0909049503007970. Full Text

Edwards, G. S., et al. “Free-electron-laser-based biophysical and biomedical instrumentation.” Review of Scientific Instruments, vol. 74, no. 7, July 2003, pp. 3207–45. Scopus, doi:10.1063/1.1584078. Full Text

Sobol, Emil N., et al. “Temperature alterations of infrared light absorption by cartilage and cornea under free-electron laser radiation.Applied Optics, vol. 42, no. 13, May 2003, pp. 2443–49. Epmc, doi:10.1364/ao.42.002443. Full Text

Hutson, M. Shane, et al. “Forces for morphogenesis investigated with laser microsurgery and quantitative modeling.Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 300, no. 5616, Apr. 2003, pp. 145–49. Epmc, doi:10.1126/science.1079552. Full Text

Sobol, Emil, et al. “Time-resolved, light scattering measurements of cartilage and cornea denaturation due to free electron laser radiation.Journal of Biomedical Optics, vol. 8, no. 2, Apr. 2003, pp. 216–22. Epmc, doi:10.1117/1.1559996. Full Text

Edwards, G. S., et al. “FEL-based biophysical and biomedical instrumentation.” Invited Paper, Review of Scientific Instruments, vol. 74, no. 7, 2003, pp. 3207–45.

Hutson, M. Shane, et al. “Thermal diffusion and chemical kinetics in laminar biomaterial due to heating by a free-electron laser.Physical Review. E, Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, vol. 65, no. 6 Pt 1, June 2002, p. 061906. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physreve.65.061906. Full Text

Hutson, M. S., et al. “Commissioning of a UV/time-resolved-FTIR beamline at the Duke FEL laboratory.” Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, vol. 483, no. 1–2, May 2002, pp. 560–64. Scopus, doi:10.1016/S0168-9002(02)00382-0. Full Text

Edwards, G. S., et al. “Erratum: (Commercial and Biomedical Applications of Ultrafast and Free-Electron Lasers (23-24 January 2002)).” Proceedings of Spie  the International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 4633, Jan. 2002, pp. 243–44.