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Michael E. Colvin

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Michael E. Colvin

Professor, Natural Sciences
University of California, Merced
mathematical models of biological functions
mathematical models for anticancer drugs
mathematical models for DNA-binding food mutagens
supercomputers in biochemical and biophysical research


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. in 1986 from the University of California, Berkeley and his undergraduate degree in 1982 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

5200 North Lake Road
S&E Building Room 304
Merced  California  95343
United States
Office Phone: 
(209) 228-4364


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