Robert Austin
Robert Austin / Professor of Physics at Princeton University

Robert Austin received his B.A. degree in physics in 1968. He attended the University of Illinois Urbana for graduate school, Department of Physics, and was fortunate to receive his Ph.D. in Physics under the guidance of Professor Hans Frauenfelder in 1975. He spent 3 years at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Germany, and then came to Princeton University in 1979 as an Assistant Professor in the Physics Department.
He has remained at Princeton since then and is now a Full Professor. His interests have broadened over the years from protein dynamics, in which he still is involve using picosecond infrared light sources, to include DNA dynamics and DNA sequence-dependent structures and lately the use of microfabrication and nanofabrication technologies in biotechnology. This work has broadened to include fractionation of cells in microfabricated structures and ultra-rapid mixing techniques for protein folding. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Association of Arts and Sciences.

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