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

Zhang, M. Z., et al. “Microglial responses to free-electron laser incisions in rat-brain.” Faseb Journal, vol. 9, no. 3, Mar. 1995, pp. A382–A382.

Edwards, G. S. “Biomedical and potential clinical applications for pulsed lasers operating near 6.45 um.” Optical Engineering, vol. 34, no. 5, Jan. 1995, pp. 1524–25. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.201620. Full Text

Becker, K., et al. “Broadband Pockels cell and driver for a Mark III-type free electron laser.” Review of Scientific Instruments, vol. 65, no. 5, Dec. 1994, pp. 1496–501. Scopus, doi:10.1063/1.1144881. Full Text

Johnson, J. B., et al. “Low-cost, high-performance array detector for spectroscopy based on a charge-coupled photodiode.” Review of Scientific Instruments, vol. 65, no. 5, Dec. 1994, pp. 1782–83. Scopus, doi:10.1063/1.1144826. Full Text

Edwards, G., et al. “Tissue ablation by a free-electron laser tuned to the amide II band.Nature, vol. 371, no. 6496, Sept. 1994, pp. 416–19. Epmc, doi:10.1038/371416a0. Full Text

Hochberg, D., et al. “Structural information in the local electric field of dissolved B-DNA.” Physical Review E, vol. 49, no. 1, Jan. 1994, pp. 851–67. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.49.851. Full Text

Edwards, G., et al. “Structure in the electric potential emanating from DNA.” Physical Review E, vol. 50, no. 2, Jan. 1994. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.50.R698. Full Text

Henderson, D. O., et al. “FEL investigations of energy transfer in condensed phase systems.” Proceedings of Spie  the International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 1854, Dec. 1993, pp. 105–16.

Edwards, G. S., et al. “Biomedical applications of free-electron lasers.” Optical Engineering, vol. 32, no. 2, Feb. 1993, pp. 314–19.

Edwards, G., et al. “Role of counterions in the gigahertz relaxation of wet DNA.” Physical Review A, vol. 45, no. 12, Jan. 1992. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.45.R8344. Full Text