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Faculty and Staff

Physics Department

  • Matthew Ferguson

    Matthew Ferguson, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Research Interests
    • Live cell single molecule fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy.
    • Spatiotemporal dynamics of the living genome.
    • Molecular and brownian dynamics, parallel computation, visualization and machine learning.
    Research Interests
    • Live cell single molecule fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy.
    • Spatiotemporal dynamics of the living genome.
    • Molecular and brownian dynamics, parallel computation, visualization and machine learning.
  • Daniel Fologea, Ph.D.

    Professor

    Research Interests
    • Biophysics of Membrane Transport
    • Liposome Carriers For Medical Applications
    • Quantification of Membrane-Ligand Interactions
    • Microcontroller-Based Applications in Biophysics Teaching and Research
    Research Interests
    • Biophysics of Membrane Transport
    • Liposome Carriers For Medical Applications
    • Quantification of Membrane-Ligand Interactions
    • Microcontroller-Based Applications in Biophysics Teaching and Research
  • Charles Hanna, Ph.D.

    Professor and Department Chair

    Research Interests
    • Physical interactions in biophysical systems.
    • Quantum effects in low-dimensional and nanoscale electron and boson systems.
    Research Interests
    • Physical interactions in biophysical systems.
    • Quantum effects in low-dimensional and nanoscale electron and boson systems.
  • Brian Jackson, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Research Interests
    • Extrasolar Planets
    • Mars
    • Planetary Geoscience
    • Computational Science
    Research Interests
    • Extrasolar Planets
    • Mars
    • Planetary Geoscience
    • Computational Science
  • Laxman Mainali Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

    Research Interests
    • Experimental Biophysics
    Research Interests
    • Experimental Biophysics
  • Byung Kim, Physics, faculty/staff, studio portrait by Priscilla Grover

    Byung Kim, Ph.D.

    Professor

    Research Interests
    • Biomolecular dynamics using high-speed atomic force microscopy
    Research Interests
    • Biomolecular dynamics using high-speed atomic force microscopy
  • Paul Simmonds, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Research Interests
    • III-V semiconductors
    • Molecular beam epitaxy
    • Quantum nanostructures
    • Quantum optics
    • Strain-driven band structure engineering
    • Infrared optoelectronics
    Research Interests
    • III-V semiconductors
    • Molecular beam epitaxy
    • Quantum nanostructures
    • Quantum optics
    • Strain-driven band structure engineering
    • Infrared optoelectronics
  • Dmitri Tenne, Ph.D.

    Professor

    Research Interests
    • Multifunctional oxide
    • Semiconductor materials
    • Nanostructures
    • Raman and photoluminescence spectroscopy
    Research Interests
    • Multifunctional oxide
    • Semiconductor materials
    • Nanostructures
    • Raman and photoluminescence spectroscopy
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    Heidi Wu, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

    Research Interests
    • Cosmology
    • Gravitational lensing
    • Galaxy clusters
    Research Interests
    • Cosmology
    • Gravitational lensing
    • Galaxy clusters
  • James Brennan, M.S.

    Lecturer

  • Aaron Sup, Physics, Studio Portrait
  • Peter Webb Headsot

    Peter Webb, M.A.

    Laboratory Instructor

  • S. Jay Olson, Physics, studio portrait

    S. Jay Olson, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Faculty

  • Kathleen Youngworth, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Faculty

  • Portrait head shot of Kyle Babin

    Kyle Babin

    Instructional Laboratories Manager

  • Andrew Farrar

    Director of Instructional Laboratories

  • Halaulani Furniss

    Department Administrative Manager

  • John McDonald, Physics, faculty/staff, studio portrait by Priscilla Grover

    John McDonald

    Advanced Laboratories Manager

  • Lori Rodriguez

    Administrative Assistant II

  • Catrina Thomas

    Administrative Assistant I

  • John Allen, Ph.D.

    Professor Emeritus

    Research Interests
    • Education Technology
    • Image Processing
    • Native American astronomical alignments
    • Atmospheric optical phenomena
    • Stratospheric ozone & global atmospheric change.

    Thesis topic: A Shock Tube Study of OH

    B.A. in Physics & Math, Willamette University Ph.D., Astronomy, Harvard University
    Research Interests
    • Education Technology
    • Image Processing
    • Native American astronomical alignments
    • Atmospheric optical phenomena
    • Stratospheric ozone & global atmospheric change.

    Thesis topic: A Shock Tube Study of OH

  • Dewey I. Dykstra, Jr., Ph.D.

    Professor Emeritus

    Research Interests
    • Physics learning

    Thesis topic: Solid-Solid Phase Transitions in Potassium Hexachlorostannate (IV) by High Resolution AC Calorimetry

    B.S. in Physics, Case Institute of Technology Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
    Research Interests
    • Physics learning

    Thesis topic: Solid-Solid Phase Transitions in Potassium Hexachlorostannate (IV) by High Resolution AC Calorimetry

  • Robert Luke, Ph.D.

    Professor and Department Chairman Emeritus

    Research Interests
    • Study Effects of low frequency electromagnetic radiation on living organisms.

    Thesis topic: Six-Prong π-p Interactions at 4.2 GeV/c

    B.S. in Physics, Utah State University Ph.D., Physics, Utah State University
    Research Interests
    • Study Effects of low frequency electromagnetic radiation on living organisms.

    Thesis topic: Six-Prong π-p Interactions at 4.2 GeV/c

  • Gary Newby, Ph.D.

    Professor and Department Chairman Emeritus

    B.S. in Physics, Arizona State University Ph.D. in Physics, Arizona State University
  • Alex Punnoose

    Distinguished Professor and Director of NABIC

    Ph.D. in Physics, Aligarh Muslim University, India Condensed-Matter and Materials Experiment
  • Richard Reimann, Ph.D.

    Professor and Department Chairman Emeritus

    Doctoral Degree Ph.D. in Physics, University of Washington
  • William Smith, Ph.D

    Professor Emeritus

    Research Interests
    • Studies on the structure of viruses
    • RNP, & RNA using small angle x-ray scattering
    • Radiological phantoms, effective teaching
    • RNA & ribosome structure and function using the oligonucleotide binding
    • Conceptual change in learning physics.
    B.A. in Physics & Math, University of Wisconsin Ph.D. in Biophysics, University of Wisconsin
    Research Interests
    • Studies on the structure of viruses
    • RNP, & RNA using small angle x-ray scattering
    • Radiological phantoms, effective teaching
    • RNA & ribosome structure and function using the oligonucleotide binding
    • Conceptual change in learning physics.