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Physics and Biophysics

Adjunct Faculty

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Bekele J. Gurmessa, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher
bgurmessa@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-8657

Office: SCST 249

Bekele Gurmessa recieved his bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from Alemaya and Addid Ababa universities in Ethiopia in 2003 and 2007, respectively, and PhD from the department of Physics at North Dakota State University in 2015. His graduate work focused on understanding the response of nanoscale polymer films and colloidal particle layers to mechanical deformation. He recently joined Professor Anderson's group as a post-doctoral researcher where he is interested in investigating the mechanical properties of ABP/F-actin networks using Optocal trapping and Fluorescence Microscopy techniques.

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Benjamin Heldt

Benjamin Heldt

Adjunct Faculty
bheldt@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-8819

Office: SCST-249

Office Hours: MTW: 1:20-2:20pm

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Jennifer Snyder, PhD

Lab Instructor
jsnyder@sandiego.edu
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Office: ST249

Office Hours: T: 8-9am W: 11am-12pm F: 1-2pm

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Tsai-Chin (Donna) Wu, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher
twu@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-8657

Office: SCST 289

Dr. Wu came from a background of physics and had been studying DNA molecules. The field of DNA nanotechnology is an interdisciplinary field that involves chemistry, biological materials, physics, and computer science. More specifically, Dr. Wu built nanostructures and sensors in nanometer scale with DNA molecules. Dr. Wu joined Dr. Anderson's group in September 2015 and she is now using optical trap to study mechanical properties of DNA.

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