Glenn S. Edwards, Professor  

Glenn S. Edwards

Office Location: French Family Science Center, 2314, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 660-2674
Email Address: gedwards@phy.duke.edu

Education:
Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 1984
B.S., University of Maryland, College Park, 1978

Research Categories: Biological Physics

Research Description: 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.

Teaching (Fall 2017):

  • Physics 142l9d.01, General physics ii (disc) Synopsis
    Physics 298, W 10:05 AM-12:05 PM
  • Physics 142l9d.02, General physics ii (disc) Synopsis
    Physics 047, M 03:30 PM-05:30 PM
  • Physics 142l9d.03, General physics ii (disc) Synopsis
    Physics 047, W 03:30 PM-05:30 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Kiehart, DP; Crawford, JM; Aristotelous, A; Venakides, S; Edwards, GS, Cell Sheet Morphogenesis: Dorsal Closure in Drosophila melanogaster as a Model System., Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology, vol. 33 (October, 2017), pp. 169-202 [doi]  [abs].
  2. Lu, H; Sokolow, A; Kiehart, DP; Edwards, GS, Quantifying dorsal closure in three dimensions., Molecular Biology of the Cell, vol. 27 no. 25 (December, 2016), pp. 3948-3955 [doi]  [abs].
  3. Lu, H; Sokolow, A; Kiehart, DP; Edwards, GS, Remodeling Tissue Interfaces and the Thermodynamics of Zipping during Dorsal Closure in Drosophila., Biophysical Journal, vol. 109 no. 11 (Submitted, 2014 (in revision)), pp. 2406-2417 [doi]  [abs].
  4. Wells, AR; Zou, RS; Tulu, US; Sokolow, AC; Crawford, JM; Edwards, GS; Kiehart, DP, Complete canthi removal reveals that forces from the amnioserosa alone are sufficient to drive dorsal closure in Drosophila., Molecular Biology of the Cell, vol. 25 no. 22 (November, 2014), pp. 3552-3568 [doi]  [abs].
  5. Adrienne R. Wells, Roger S. Zou, U. Serdar Tulu, Adam C. Sokolow, Janice M. Crawford, Glenn S. Edwards, Daniel P. Kiehart, Complete canthi removal reveals that forces from the amnioserosa are alone sufficient to drive dorsal closure in Drosophila, Molecular Biology of the Cell (September, 2014) (In press for print. Published online September 24, 2014.) .

Highlight:
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.

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

    Postdocs Mentored

    • Wei-Chang Lo (November 01, 2014 - present)  
    • Feng Lu (November 1, 2013 - August 01, 2014)  
    • Adam C. Sokolow (May, 2011 - September, 2012)  
    • Heng Lu (2010 - 2013)  
    • Wolfgang Wagner (2006 - 2007)  
    • Yusuke Toyama (August 1, 2003 - March 31, 2010)  
    • Xomalin Peralta (2002 - 2007)  
    • Suzanne Hauger (1999/10-2000/06)  
    • M. Shane Hutson (1999/10-2003/08)  
    • Brian Keay (1996/04-1999/08)