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Taviare Hawkins

Office hoursMon 10-11am, Tues 3-4 pm, Wed 9-10 am, or by appointment
Specialty area(s)Computational Methods and Experimental Biophysics
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. I hope to soon branch out and study intermediate filaments.

(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.
EducationPhysics, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York (MS & PhD)
Computer Science, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York ( MS )
Physics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa ( BS )