Glenn Edwards, Professor  

Glenn Edwards

Office Location: 2314 French
Office Phone: (919) 660-2674
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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.

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. 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.) .
  2. Heng Lu, Adam Sokolow, Daniel P. Kiehart, and Glenn S. Edwards, Remodeling tissue interfaces and the thermodynamics of zipping during dorsal closure in Drosophila (Submitted, 2014 (in revision)) .
  3. Adam Sokolow, Yusuke Toyama, Dan Kiehart, and Glenn Edwards, Cell Ingression and Apical Shape Oscillations During Dorsal Closure in Drosophila, Biophysical Journal, vol. 102 (2012), pp. 969-979 .
  4. Anita T. Layton, Yusuke Toyama, Guo-Qiang Yang, Glenn S. Edwards, Daniel P. Kiehart, and Stephanos Venakides, Drosophila Morphogenesis: Tissue Force Laws and the Modeling of Dorsal Closure, Human Frontier Science Program Journal, vol. 3 no. 6 (2009), pp. doi:10.2976/1.3266062 .
  5. Wolfgang Wagner, Adam Sokolow, Robert Pearlstein, and Glenn Edwards, Thermal Vapor Bubble and Pressure Dynamics During Infrared Laser Ablation of Tissue, Applied Physics Letters, vol. 94 no. 013901 (2009) .

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)