Physics Professor Brings Biophysics Focus to School of Science at IUPUI

Release Date: 
Aug 16 2012
Steve Presse(INDIANAPOLIS) The School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) proudly announces the appointment of Steve Pressé, Ph.D., as assistant professor ofphysics.

“We continue to expand our talented faculty in the Department of Physics. Dr. Pressé’s experience and research expertise will add considerable value for our students and will fit well with the inter-disciplinary research model in the School of Science,” said Dr. Andy Gavrin, associate professor and department chair.

Pressé comes to IUPUI after serving as a postdoctoral fellow in biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco. His ongoing research is at the interface of biophysics and condensed matter physics, specifically extracting and interpreting kinetic models from data to gain mechanistic insight in chemistry, biophysics and biology.

“We need a better way to extract models in chemistry, biology and physics,” Pressé said of his research. “My goal is to extract models—and not just fit models—in a way which is unbiased, with no adjustable parameters and driven by the data structure and limitations.”

Pressé is member of the American Chemical Society, American Physical Society and Biophysical Society. His past research has been published in several scholarly journals, including The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, PNAS and The Journal of Chemical Physics.

He earned his B.S. degree in bioorganic chemistry from McGill University in Canada. At McGill, Presséobtained numerous awards including the Society of Chemical Industry Merit Award and the R.F. Robertson Award in Physical Chemistry.

He studied chemical physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he earned his Ph.D. While an MIT student, Pressé received an Outstanding Teacher Award from the MIT Chemistry Department. He also received doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships from a variety of Canadian agencies (NSERC, FQRNT).


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