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Perkins, Thomas T. Assoc Professor Adjoint

Positions

  • Assoc Professor Adjoint, Physics
  • Faculty Director, JILA

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Research

research overview

  • Single molecule studies are increasingly important in biophysics. The Perkins group focuses on developing high precision single-molecule techniques and applying them to answer a variety of biological questions, such as: how motor proteins transduce chemical energy into physical motion? And, how does the structure and dynamics of membrane proteins affect their functions? We developed a single-molecule optical-trapping assay with Ångström-scale stability and resolution in all three dimensions (3D). We are applying these techniques to study DNA-based molecular motors, the folding/unfolding kinetics of RNA structures, and DNA overstretching. We also developed focused-ion beam modified cantilevers for dramatically improved performance of atomic force microscopy and are currently pursuing studies of diverse biological systems (globular proteins, protein-ligand bonds, membrane proteins, structured RNA).

keywords

  • biophysics, single molecule, membrane protein, DNA, RNA, molecule motors,atomic force microscopy, optical trapping, picoscale force standards, nanotechnology, nanoscience

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International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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