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Ashley R. Carter

Assistant Professor of Physics

(On Leave 7/1/2014 - 6/30/2015)

Departmental affiliations:Biochemistry-Biophysics; Physics and Astronomy

Professional Information




Ph.D., M.S., University of Colorado-Boulder (2008)
B.S., B.S.E., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (2002)

Teaching Interests

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.

Research Interests

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.

Selected Publications

Research Positions

If you are interested in conducting undergraduate research with me please send me an email. I am always looking for good students, especially freshman!