Glenn Steven Edwards


Professor of Physics

Glenn Edwards investigates biological systems using a range of experimental techniques and theoretical methods from physics. His interests include Investigations of energy transduction where laser energy transforms into vibrational energy of biological molecules which then transforms into heat and pressure pulses that selectively drive tissue-scale dynamics. This line of research has led to human surgical applications of Free-Electron Lasers and spin-off laser technology. Another interest includes investigations of how biology harnesses physical mechanisms in biomechanical processes. This line of research investigates tissue dynamics and pattern formation during early development in Drosophila embryos.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor of Physics

Contact Information:

  • Office Location: French Family Science Center, 2314, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-2674
  • Email Address:


  • Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park, 1984
  • B.S. University of Maryland, College Park, 1978

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:

  • Fellow. American Physical Society. 2006

Courses Taught:

  • PHYSICS 141D: General Physics I (DIS)
  • PHYSICS 141L9: General Physics I (Lab)
  • PHYSICS 141L: General Physics I
  • PHYSICS 142L9D: General Physics II (Discussion)
  • PHYSICS 151L9D: Introductory Mechanics (Discussion Component)
  • PHYSICS 151L: Introductory Mechanics
  • PHYSICS 491: Independent Study: Advanced Topics