Deborah Kuchnir Fygenson received a B.Sc, degree (1989) in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989, and M.A. (1991) and Ph.D. (1995) degrees in Physics from Princeton University. She spent one year at Rockefeller University in the Center for Studies in physics and Biology, and then two years at the University of Southern California in the Hedco Molecular Biology labs. She joined UCSB in 1998 as Assistant Professor of Physics. In the field of materials, her research probes the physical interactions between biomolecular assemblies. She has studied non-equilibrium dynamics of protein aggregation and developed experimental techniques for measuring the interactions between cell-sized unilamellar vesicles and the purified protein aggregates they contain, either free floating or embedded in the membrane. Her research in physics focuses on understanding the nature of "conformational change" in a primitive protein (tubulin). This information is valuable for understanding and, eventually, engineering molecular machines.
email: deborah [at] physics [dot] ucsb [dot] edu
phone: (805) 893-2449
office: 2419 Broida Hall