An Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics, Andrea Markelz is an award winning molecular biophysicist. She also holds adjunct appointments in UB's departments of Electrical Engineering and Structural Biology. Markelz obtained her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1987 and her master's degree in Applied Physics from Columbia University in 1989. Six years later, she obtained her doctorate from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
In 2004, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Markelz the Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) for her research on techniques to measure the elasticity of proteins and other biomolecules. As part of the grant, Markelz will "establish an educational program between UB, the Buffalo Public Schools and the Buffalo Museum of Science aimed at attracting more females and other under-represented groups into the sciences." (see UB press release for more details)
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