118 Merrill Science
PO Box: AC# 2244
Ashley R. Carter
Assistant Professor of PhysicsAmherst College
Courses in Fall 2010
Courses in Spring 2011
Courses in Spring 2012
Courses in Spring 2013
Courses in Spring 2014
Ph.D., M.S., University of Colorado-Boulder (2008)
B.S., B.S.E., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (2002)
My interests lie in teaching a wide variety of students from different fields about physical principles. I especially enjoy topics in biophysics and optics. Previously, I have taught Physics 116 Introductory Mechanics, Physics 400 Molecular Biophysics, and Physics 343 Dynamics. Currently, I am teaching Physics 124 Introductory E&M.
My lab is interested in studying the mechanical properties of biological molecules or cells. To do this we use techniques in laser optics, microscopy, and biochemistry. Typically, we look at the motion of small micron-sized polystyrene beads that are attached to a biological specimen of interest. By tracking the movement or binding of the bead we can infer the trajectory of the specimen.
If you are interested in conducting undergraduate research with me please send me an email. I am always looking for good students, especially freshman!