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, 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

Tolk, N. H., et al. “The vanderbilt free-electron laser center for biomedical and materials research.” Proceedings of Spie  the International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 1552, Dec. 1991, pp. 7–13. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.50587. Full Text

Edwards, G., and C. Liu. “Sequence dependence of low-frequency Raman-active modes in nucleic acids.” Physical Review A, vol. 44, no. 4, Jan. 1991, pp. 2709–17. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.44.2709. Full Text

Young, L., et al. “Prediction of modes with dominant base roll and propeller twist in B-DNA poly(dA)-poly(dT).” Physical Review A, vol. 41, no. 12, Jan. 1990, pp. 7020–23. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.41.7020. Full Text

Liu, C., et al. “Low-frequency, Raman-active vibrational modes of poly(dA)poly(dT).” Physical Review A, vol. 40, no. 12, Jan. 1989, pp. 7394–97. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.40.7394. Full Text

Edwards, G. S., and N. H. Tolk. “Vanderbilt University FEL center for biomedical and materials research.” Nuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research, A, vol. 272, no. 1–2, Jan. 1988, pp. 37–39. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0168-9002(88)90191-X. Full Text

Powell, J. W., et al. “Investigation of far-infrared vibrational modes in polynucleotides.” Physical Review A, vol. 35, no. 9, Jan. 1987, pp. 3929–39. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.35.3929. Full Text

Edwards, G. S., et al. “Measurements of a large anisotropy in the swelling of oriented DNA films in aqueous solution.Biopolymers, vol. 25, no. 2, Feb. 1986, pp. 223–27. Epmc, doi:10.1002/bip.360250203. Full Text

Davis, C. C., et al. “Direct excitation of internal modes of DNA by microwaves.” Bioelectrochemistry and Bioenergetics, vol. 16, no. 1, Jan. 1986, pp. 63–76. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0302-4598(86)80046-0. Full Text

Swicord, M. L., et al. “MICROWAVE-FIELD DRIVEN ACOUSTIC MODES OF DNA.Bioengineering, Proceedings of the Northeast Conference, Dec. 1985, pp. 226–29.