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

Kim, Y., et al. “The mark-III FEL facility at duke university.” 23rd International Linear Accelerator Conference, Linac 2006  Proceedings, Dec. 2006, pp. 394–96.

Kiehart, D. P., et al. Ultraviolet Laser Microbeam for Dissection of Drosophila Embryos. Vol. 3, Dec. 2006, pp. 87–103. Scopus, doi:10.1016/B978-012164730-8/50137-4. Full Text

Hong, Lian, et al. “Age-dependent photoionization thresholds of melanosomes and lipofuscin isolated from human retinal pigment epithelium cells.Photochemistry and Photobiology, vol. 82, no. 6, Nov. 2006, pp. 1475–81. Epmc, doi:10.1562/2006-03-14-ra-846. Full Text

Bush, William D., et al. “The surface oxidation potential of human neuromelanin reveals a spherical architecture with a pheomelanin core and a eumelanin surface.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 103, no. 40, Oct. 2006, pp. 14785–89. Epmc, doi:10.1073/pnas.0604010103. Full Text

Edwards, G. S. “Applications of free-electron lasers to the biological and physical sciences.” Proceedings of Spie  the International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 5725, July 2005, pp. 210–19. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.598150. Full Text

Edwards, G. S., et al. “Applications of free-electron lasers in the biological and material sciences.Photochemistry and Photobiology, vol. 81, no. 4, July 2005, pp. 711–35. Epmc, doi:10.1562/2004-11-08-ir-363. Full Text

Samokhvalov, Alexander, et al. “Oxidation potentials of human eumelanosomes and pheomelanosomes.Photochemistry and Photobiology, vol. 81, no. 1, Jan. 2005, pp. 145–48. Epmc, doi:10.1562/2004-07-23-rc-245. Full Text

Samokhvalov, A., et al. “Photoionization threshold of eumelanosomes determined using UV free electron laser - Photoelectron emission microscopy.” Journal of Physical Chemistry B, vol. 108, no. 42, Oct. 2004, pp. 16334–38. Scopus, doi:10.1021/jp046701q. Full Text

Sobol, E., et al. “Laser-induced alterations of the Infrared light absorption by biological tissues: Radiometric and spectroscopic measurements.” Proceedings of Spie  the International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 4829 II, Dec. 2003, pp. 1030–31. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.530961. Full Text