09/25/18 - 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM
Crawford Memorial Lecture: Professor Dongping Zhong
Bryce L. Crawford Memorial Lecture
Dongping Zhong received his Bachelor of Science degree in laser physics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China) and his doctorate in chemistry from California Institute of Technology in 1999, under Professor Ahmed H. Zewail. For his doctorate work, Zhong received the Herbert Newby McCoy Award and the Milton and Francis Clauser Doctoral Prize from the California Institute of Technology. He continued his post-doctoral research in the same group with focus on protein dynamics. In 2002, he joined Ohio State University as an assistant professor. Currently, he is the Robert Smith Professor of Physics and a professor of chemistry and biochemistry. He is a Packard Fellow, Sloan Fellow, and Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar as well as the recipient of a NSF CAREER award.
Research in Professor Zhong's group is directed toward understanding the nature of elementary processes in biological systems. His researchers relate dynamics and structures to functions at the most fundamental level with state-of-the-art femtosecond lasers and molecular biology methods. The laboratory ultimately will have the capability of time resolution from femtosecond to millisecond (second) so biological systems can be prepared and studied at the single molecule level. Researchers are currently focusing on studies of molecular recognition and ultrafast protein dynamics of several important biological systems.