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Associate Professor, PhD (British Columbia), MSc (British Columbia)
Office: MC B206
Fax: (905) 984-4857
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy and relaxation measurements in soft condensed matter systems.
Collective motions in model membranes, phase transitions in liquid crystals.
This figure shows the current "state-of-the-art" understanding of what biological membranes look
like at the molecular level. Nature tends to utilize the laws of Physics to optimize the
design of living things; my ambition is to figure out how the biological organisms, and in
particular, membranes, are put together, and then to learn some new Physics from it.
Here are a few selected publications that tell different parts of this story:
Computers and numerical methods in experimental data analysis
- I.Komljenovic, D.Marquardt, T.A.Harroun and E.Sternin.
Location of Chlorhexidine in DMPC Model Membranes: A Neutron Diffraction Study.
Chem. Phys. Lipids, 163:480–487, 2010. (PDF)
Use of Inverse Theory Algorithms in the Analysis of Biomembrane NMR Data. In
A.M. Dopico, ed., Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 400: Methods in Membrane Lipids.
Humana Press, 2007. (PDF)
- E.Sternin, D.Nizza, and K.Gawrisch.
Temperature dependence of DMPC/DHPC mixing in bicelles and its structural implications.
Langmuir 17:2610--2616, 2001. (PDF)
- E.Sternin, H.Schäfer, I.Polozov, and K.Gawrisch.
Simultaneous determination of orientational and order parameter distributions
from NMR spectra of partially oriented model membranes.
J. Magn. Reson. 149:110--113, 2001. (PDF)
I have been involved in the development of some new approaches to dealing with
experimental data. Using powerful computers to acquire and analyze experimental
data allows one to ask questions that
were impossible to answer before, and thus often went ignored - one learned to
operate within the realm of the possible. New numerical power at our disposal
is changing that; we are ``pushing the envelope'' on what questions
an experimental physicist can try to ask of Nature.
- H.Schäfer and E.Sternin.
Inverse ill-posed problems in experimental data analysis in physics,
Physics in Canada, 1997. (PDF)
The research group
Thad Harroun, Michelle Przedborski, Ed Sternin, Natassia Bork, Drew Marquardt, Ivana Komljenovic,
Shawn Moodie, Brad van Oosten
May, 2007: Greg Dalcourt, Sara Sadeghi, Ivana Komljenovic, Ed Sternin
July, 2004: Mike Chamberlain, Roxanne Razavi, Zuzana Trskova, Amir Keyvanloo
Teaching Assignments (2011-2012)