Jan Scrimgeour, an associate professor of physics in Clarkson University's School of Arts & Sciences, has been awarded the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award for the 2019-2020 academic year. Formal recognition will take place at commencement, which is currently planned for August 15.
The $1,500 research account is presented to "faculty members who have shown promise in engineering, business, liberal arts or scientific research."
Scrimgeour's research uses advanced microscopy techniques to visualize the dynamics of polymers found on the surface of living cells. His current work focuses on the effect of fluids flow in defining the structure and biological function of the biopolymer brushes found on the surface of the blood vessel wall. He received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award in 2019 to support this work.
He has published 27 articles in peer-reviewed journals like Applied Physics Letters and the Biophysical Journal as well as two book chapters. Three of his Clarkson students were co-authors on these papers. He has also presented his work at eight national and international conferences, since coming to Clarkson.
Scrimgeour teaches a number of courses in which physics is relevant in living systems, including courses in physics for life sciences, biophysics and statistical mechanics. He recently developed the new course "Physical Models of Living Systems." He received the Clarkson University Outstanding New Teacher Award in 2017 and is the research advisor to several graduate and undergraduate students.
He received his Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from the University of Oxford and his master of physics degree in optoelectronics and laser engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Before joining Clarkson, Scrimgeour served as a postdoctoral fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Gothenburg University.
Scrimgeour is a member of the Optical Society of America and the American Physical Society.