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Michael Colvin is a professor of natural sciences at UC Merced. Colvin develops mathematical models that simulate biological function and biological systems. Much of his research uses molecular modeling to study biochemical problems, with a particular emphasis on modeling the activity of DNA-binding food mutagens and anticancer drugs. These methods involve computing the structures and energetics of biomolecules using either quantum or classical mechanics and often require the use of supercomputers. Colvin received his Ph.D.

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Henry Jay Forman is a professor of natural sciences at UC Merced. His laboratory focuses on the molecular biology and biochemistry of signal transduction and cellular adaptation to oxidative stress. Forman also serves as associate editor of Free Radical Biology & Medicine and as treasurer of the International Society for Free Radical Research. He received his B.A. in chemistry from Queens College in New York and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Columbia University.

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