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The Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Program

MicrotublesThe Future is Alive! Physics Lessons from Biology

Jennifer L. Ross
Professor and Physics Department Chair, Syracuse University

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Participant Options:
In Person: Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center
Virtual: Zoom Link Coming Soon

Imagine a world where potholes in roads seal themselves like cuts in your skin, your body reports directly to your doctor on pain and medication, and we can explore and inhabit other planets using pre-fabricated houses that build themselves. To reach these dreams, we must understand the physics behind biology that can already perform such exciting activities. In this talk, we will explore how the skeleton of the cell is able to arrange itself and how enzymes could move faster than expected when they perform their chemical reaction.

Jennifer L. Ross

Jennifer L. Ross is an award-winning biophysicist studying the organization of the microtubule cytoskeleton and microtubule-based enzymes using high-resolution single molecule imaging techniques. She won the Margaret Oakley-Dayhoff Award from the Biophysical Society, an INSPIRE Award from NSF, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. She has a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California Santa Barbara, and did postdoctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine. As a Cottrell Scholar, Ross has pioneered innovative teaching techniques in active learning that are being adopted around the world. Specifically, she has created a novel interdisciplinary optics course where students build their own microscopes. This course has been adapted and taught at several international short courses on microscopy including Analytical and Quantitative Microscopy (AQLM) at the Marine Biology Laboratory and the Bangalore Microscopy Course at the National Centre for Biological Science in Bangalore, India. Ross is also an advocate for women and under-represented groups in Physics, and she recently became the Physics Department Chair at Syracuse University.


Sponsored by the General Leif J. Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Program at Augsburg University.