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Parthasarathy named a fellow of the American Physical Society

UO biophysicist Raghuveer Parthasarathy has been selected as a fellow by the American Physical Society. The selection recognizes those who have made exceptional contributions in physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education.

Parthasarathy, an Alec and Kay Keith Professor in the Department of Physics, explores the structure and dynamics of biological materials such as cellular membranes and microbial communities in developing animals. In selecting him as a fellow, the American Physical Society cited his creative and innovative contributions to biological physics, especially to the understanding of the gut microbiome and lipid bilayers.

“Each of us is home to a vast community of gut microbes that influence many aspects of health and disease,” Parthasarathy said. “We’re realizing that the physical properties of these communities – how they move, come together, and fall apart – are important to how they function.”

Researchers in Parthasarathy’s lab have been peeking into the gut microbiome, analyzing it from a physical point of view. The team is also focused on the lipid bilayers that form the basis of all cellular membranes, which illustrate how physical character influences what biology is able to do, Parthasarathy said.

You can read the full Around-the-O article here.