Biophysicists aim to study biological phenomena and systems using methods and principles traditionally utilized in the physical sciences. I have several ongoing biophysics research projects and involve undergraduates on these projects. My interests involve the use of computer models to study the dynamics of cellular signal transduction, the process by which stimuli are converted to cellular responses such as muscle contraction and electrical signals. Of particular interest is the function of neurons and the role of calcium ions as intracellular messengers. My biophysics research initiatives have inspired me to research ways of integrating biologically relevant topics into the undergraduate physics curriculum (read below).
Biological Physics Education
A significant demographic served by my introductory physics courses at Shepherd University are bioscience or pre-medical profession students. Due to this fact and my background in biophysics, I am striving to develop laboratory exercises that use physical principles to study biological phenomena and systems.
Other Research Interests
In addition to my research efforts in biophysics and biological physics education, I am striving to forge connections with the Environmental Science faculty at Shepherd University through projects that aim to use electronic sensors coupled to digital electronics for environmental monitoring and remote sensing applications.