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Wake Forest Physics
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Prof. Martin Guthold is awarded the University's 2009 Award for Excellence in Research

Prof Martin GutholdAssociate Professor of Physics Martin Guthold was awarded the 2009 Award for Excellence in Research at the University's convocation ceremony on February 26, 2009. Prof. Guthold has taught in the Physics Department at Wake Forest since August 2001, and his research is focused in the area of biophysics.  His research includes investigating the properties of individual fibrin fibers, which are the key components in forming blood clots in humans.His research aims to elucidate the important role such fibers may play in stroke and other diseases.In addition, he studies aptamers, short segments of DNA that can fold into their own unique structures and that specifically bind to a variety of biological targets such as proteins, peptides, toxins, dyes, coenzymes, vitamins and other organic and inorganic compounds.  This makes them ideal as drug delivery agents to target diseased tissue in the body.  Dr. Guthold is developing a technique for selecting aptamers that bind to specific proteins that are overexpressed in  certain cancer tumors.  This will enable researchers to deliver drugs to these cancer tumors , without affecting other healthy tissue.

Please see the following Window on Wake Forest article for more information on the faculty awards: http://www.wfu.edu/wowf/2009/20090226.facultyawards.html

 


 

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