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Department Chair and Professor
Brian Bennett was appointed the new Chair of the Physics Department in July of 2014.
Dr. Bennett was educated in the U.K., at the University of Cambridge and University of Sussex, and did post-doctoral work in magnetic resonance and magneto-optical spectroscopies of metalloproteins at the University of East Anglia and Utah State University. He was employed at the U.K.'s Daresbury Laboratory synchrotron, carrying out X-ray absorption spectroscopy and protein crystallography, and received a European Union Fellowship to apply advanced electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) techniques to metalloenzymes at the Institute for Biophysics, University of Saarland, Germany. Dr. Bennett joined the faculty of the Department of Biophysics at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, in 2001, where he has carried out research on proteins, enzymes and tissue samples with disease relevance using advanced EPR techniques (EPR, ENDOR, ELDOR, ESEEM, rapid-freeze-quench, computer simulations). He additionally taught several biophysics and related classes, was involved in education reform and college governance, and was both Associate Director and Service Director of the National Biomedical Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Center. He has co-authored more than 100 scientific papers and two book chapters.
The Physics Department recently acquired a research-grade EPR spectrometer and Dr. Bennett and colleagues anticipate new and exciting opportunities for undergraduate education and research with this instrumentation. In addition, Dr. Bennett has long been involved in using computational tools in biophysical research and opportunities exist for using EPR spectroscopic data for structure determination, through simulation of the data and density functional theory calculation. A new project is the development of a Virtual Mitochondrion to explore how EPR of biopsy tissue can characterize metabolic diseases. These computational activities are facilitated by our site-wide licenses for MatLab and Simulink.Dr. Bennett is thrilled to be in the vibrant Physics Department at Marquette! He encourages you to explore our web site and find information on our faculty, activities and achievements, and to contact him directly to arrange a personal visit or to obtain more information.