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Taviare Hawkins

Office hoursMon 3:30 -4:30 pm, Tues 1:30-2:30 pm, Wed 9-10 am, or by appointment
Specialty area(s)Computational Methods and Experimental Biophysics
Brief biographyI am a native of Chicago and I spent the first half of my life in the Midwest. I attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, where I received my BS in Physics and a minor in African American Studies. I left the world of academia for 3 year, moved out east to the island of Manhattan. Where I became a Real Estate Asset Manager for the Resolution Trust Corporation. (It really is true that with a physics degree, you can do just about anything!). I then entered graduate school at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. There I completed two MS degrees, one in Computer Science and the other in Physics, as well as, a PhD in Physics. My graduate work was in nonlinear systems analysis and human computer interfacing. It was also at Syracuse that I became interested in teaching. I went onto postdoc at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in Dr. Jennifer Ross’ biophysics lab.

I have taught physics at Syracuse University, Xavier University of Louisiana, Mount Holyoke College, and now at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. I have more than 8 years of teaching experience. I have taught introductory physics, algebra and calculus based, in the traditional lecture style, as well as, in the more interactive workshop style. I have taught housewives to physics majors, premeds and pre-pharmacy students, as well as graduate students in the Molecular and Cellular Biology department. I have also taught advanced topics like, optics, modern, and advanced laboratory experiment. In Spring 2015, I will teach my first Biophysics course.
Current courses at UW-LPHY 125 - Physics for the Life Sciences (Lecture and Lab)
PHY 311 - Experimental Physics (Lab)
PHY 498 - Physics and Astronomy Research
Biophysics Research in mechanics and dynamics of cytoskeletal filaments
Teaching historyPHY 125, PHY 125L, PHY 311L, PHY 103L, PHY 498
Professional history2012 – Present  Assistant Professor of Physics
Department of Physics University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI

2009 – 2012  Postdoctoral Research Associate
Physics Department, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, MA

2008 – 2010  Visiting Assistant Professor and Mount Holyoke Fellow
Department of Physics, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
Research and publishingMy research involves working on problems that lie at the intersections of physics, mathematics, engineering, biology and chemistry. I am a biophysicist that uses the quantitative skills and methods I learned in physics to gain a better understand how living cells do what they do. Since this problem is very complicated and quite broad, I have focused my attention on the cytoskeletal filaments. Understanding the mechanical and dynamical properties of microtubules in addition to how microtubule associated proteins work to fine tune these properties within cells, is the area where my research interests lie.

(selected publications)

M. Bailey, L. Conway, M.W. Gramlich, T.L. Hawkins, J.L. Ross,
“Modern Methods to Interrogate Microtubule Dynamics,” Integrative Biology, 5, 1324-1333 (2013). web Bailey-IBio-2013.pdf Chosen as an iBiology HOT Article! doi: 10.1039/C3IB40124C

T.L. Hawkins, D. Sept, B. Moogessie, A. Straube, J.L. Ross, “Mechanics of Doubly Stabilized Microtubules,” Biophysical Journal, 104, 1517-1528 (2013). web Hawkins-BPJ-2013.pdf (Cover Art) *Chosen for Biophysical Journal Collection on Molecular Motors and the Cytoskeleton! doi: 10.1016/j.bpj.2013.02.026).

T.L. Hawkins, M. Mirigian, J. Li, M.S. Yasar, D.L. Sackett, D. Sept, J.L. Ross, “Perturbations in Microtubule Mechanics from Tubulin Preparation,” Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, 5, 227-238 (2012). web Hawkins-CAMB-2012.pdf.

T. Hawkins, M. Mirigian, M. Selcuk Yasar, J.L. Ross, “Mechanics of Microtubules,” Journal of Biomechanics, 43, 23-30 (2010) web Hawkins-JBiomech-2010.pdf doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2009.09.005.
EducationBiophysics, University of Massachusetts -Amherst, Amherst Massachusetts (Postdoc)
Physics, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York (MS & PhD)
Computer Science, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York ( MS )
Physics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa ( BS )
Important linksHawkins lab