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Center For Biophysical Sciences and Engineering (CBSE) G89
(205) 934-3693

Research and Teaching Interests: Introductory, General, and Modern Physics; Structure/Properties of Surfaces and Interfaces; Molecular Detection

Office Hours: TH 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. (Chemistry Building 353); F 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. (CBSE G89); and by appointment


  • B.S., California State University Sacramento, Physics
  • Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham

I have lived in Birmingham for over 20 years and have come to think of it as one of the south's best kept secrets. Prior to living here I resided in Sacramento, California, where I earned my BS degree in physics (with a mathematics minor). As a graduate student in the materials science program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, my Ph.D. research was focused primarily on structure and mechanical properties of nanocrystalline diamond films made via chemical vapor deposition, although I also contributed to "designer diamond anvil" technology for high pressure physics research.

After earning my Ph.D. in 1999, I elected to continue my postdoctoral research at UAB in other aspects of diamond coatings, particularly for more challenging materials, including those associated with biomedical applications. As of August 2010, I have been an assistant professor of physics at UAB with primary research interests in the areas of interfacial structure/processes for wear-resistant coatings, surface modification, and molecular detection.

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