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Dr. Eric Jones

Assistant Professor

Specialty:

Biophysics

Education:

B.S. Chemistry, Case Western Reserve 2000
Ph.D. Biophysics, Case Western Reserve 2006

Office: Baker Center - Bldg. 180 - 418

Phone:  (805) 756-2425

E-mail:  ejones21 (at) calpoly (dot) edu

Research Interests:

Biophysical chemistry of proteins and peptides:
 
  • Amyloid proteins and peptides
    • Development of "instrument-free" nanoparticle-based diagnostic assays for amyloids, involving amyloid-templated nucleation of metal nanoparticles
    • Structural characterization of polymorphic amyloids (serum amyloid A, sup35 and others) using spectroscopy, microscopy, and light scattering
  • Applications of vibrational spectroscopy in biochemistry and food science
    • Denaturation of proteins monitored by FTIR spectroscopy
    • Raman spectroscopy with multivariate analysis for identifying strains and polymorphisms in amyloids
    • Describing changes in lipid and protein composition in food samples subject to supercritical fluid extraction using Raman spectroscopy
    • Raman characterization of fungal peptide toxins
  • Methionine oxidation in proteins:  effects on α-helix folding and stability

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