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Physics Colloquium for Friday, April 22

Apr 22, 2011

Speaker: Dr. Michael Baxa
Date: April 22, 2011 (Friday)
Time: 4 PM
Room: 205 Currens Hall

General Principles of Protein Folding

About the speaker:
Michael C. Baxa, Ph.D, a recent WIU Physics alumnus with highest honors (suma cum laude--Honors Scholar--BS in Physics & Mathematics 2002, Physics Department Scholar and Outstanding Senior Award), will visit the WIU campus on Friday, April 22nd, 2011, and present a seminar in Currens Hall 336 at 10 a.m. During his time as an undergraduate in the WIU Physics Department, Michael actively conducted student research with Dr. Mark S. Boley (currently department chair) studying the properties of high-temperature superconductors, widening the scope of his research by summer internships at Argonne National Laboratory, and presenting his research results at numerous regional and national scientific conferences. In 2001, under Dr. Boley's mentorship, and in recognition of his outstanding undergraduate scientific research achievements, he became WIU's first recipient of the prestigious national Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, followed by the award of a national Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship in 2002. After graduating from WIU, he entered the graduate physics program at The University of Chicago (UC), where he conducted research in the area of protein folding and dynamics, receiving his Ph.D. in bio-physics in the fall of 2009. After continuing in a brief post-doctoral position at UC, Michael joined the Georgia Institute of Technology where he is currently a second-year post-doctoral fellow in the Center for the Study of Systems Biology, where he performs research on structure and function conservation. Michael currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife Sybil (Doran) Baxa, whom he met at WIU (she is also a WIU alumnus of 2002), and their 13-month-old daughter Josie.

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