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Sara Vaiana

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Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1504
Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1504
Biography

Sara M. Vaiana has a research background in soft condensed matter physics applied to biological systems. Her research is driven by an interest in fundamental theoretical aspects of proteins as biological systems. She uses a number of experimental techniques, ranging from light scattering to fast pulse-probe laser spectroscopy to study intra- and inter-molecular interactions in biologically relevant proteins in solution, working in close conjunction with biochemists, physical chemists and molecular biologists. She applies concepts from phase transitions and polymer physics to understand pathological protein aggregation. Her current research is focused on two main areas of interest: i) investigating the conformational states and the dynamics of natively disordered proteins, in relation to their biological function ii) understanding the mechanism and quantifying the driving forces which lead to amyloid protein aggregation and disease.

Education

Ph.D. Physics, University of Palermo, Italy 2004

Summer 2019
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PHY 792Research
PHY 795Continuing Registration
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PHY 498Pro-Seminar
NAN 598Special Topics
PHY 598Special Topics
PHY 792Research
PHY 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PHY 150Physics I
PHY 499Individualized Instruction
PHY 792Research
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PHY 792Research
PHY 795Continuing Registration
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PHY 498Pro-Seminar
NAN 598Special Topics
PHY 598Special Topics
PHY 792Research
PHY 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PHY 150Physics I
PHY 499Individualized Instruction
PHY 792Research
PHY 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PHY 792Research
PHY 795Continuing Registration
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PHY 498Pro-Seminar
NAN 598Special Topics
PHY 598Special Topics
PHY 792Research
PHY 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PHY 150Physics I
PHY 499Individualized Instruction
PHY 792Research
PHY 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PHY 792Research
PHY 795Continuing Registration
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PHY 498Pro-Seminar
NAN 598Special Topics
PHY 598Special Topics
PHY 792Research
PHY 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PHY 150Physics I
PHY 499Individualized Instruction
PHY 792Research
PHY 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PHY 795Continuing Registration
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PHY 498Pro-Seminar
NAN 598Special Topics
PHY 598Special Topics
PHY 792Research
PHY 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PHY 150Physics I
PHY 499Individualized Instruction
PHY 799Dissertation