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V. Adrian Parsegian

Professor, Robert Gluckstern Chair

Current Research
Motivated to understand biological structures through the physical forces that animate them, we measure force versus separation between molecules from all classes of bio-matter. The same "osmotic stress" strategy used for forces between molecules allows us to move the parts of single molecules to change the conformation of molecules such as ionic channels. We observe the formation of ordered molecular assemblies, "liquid crystals" of molecules such as collagen, DNA, or lipids. Their energies of assembly can be measured and used to realize the connection between molecular force, organization, and dynamics.

 
Contact Info

Department of Physics
301 Hasbrouck Lab
North Pleasant Street
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9292

(413) 545-1299
parsegian@physics.umass.edu

www.physics.umass.edu/people/adrian-parsegian