Friday Science Series

March 1st, 2005 by Adam

The Department of Biological Sciences, the Center for the Environment, and the Department of Chemistry, Earth, Atmospheric, and Physical Sciences present:

Dr. Ron Lawler
“In-vivo Nuclear Magnetic Resonance:
Biochemistry & Physiology without Destruction”

Friday, March 4, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Room 001
Boyd Hall Science Center

Ron Lawler is professor of chemistry emeritus at Brown University. His particular area of interest is applications of magnetic resonance to organic free radical chemistry, radiation chemistry and biochemistry and physiology. He has also recently taught physical chemistry and instrumental analysis at Plymouth State University.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy has become one of the principal methods now used to characterize a wide variety of organic, inorganic and biological molecules. The technique also is the basis of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). In the past two decades it has also become possible to use NMR, especially that arising from the naturally occurring phosphorus isotope, 31P, to study a variety of living tissues, organs and organisms non-destructively, and relatively non-invasively.

Professor Lawler will describe several applications of this technique to problems in comparative physiology and zoology taken from his research collaborations with physiologists and physicians over a period of a decade or so.

Light refreshments follow.