Gerhard Hummer

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Gerhard Hummer received his Ph.D. in physics for work done jointly at the University of Vienna and at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry. He is a Senior Investigator in the Laboratory of Chemical Physics at the National Institutes of Health, and a recipient of the 2010 Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics. His research in biological physics focuses on the theory and simulation of biomolecular systems, including the theory of force spectroscopy.

Biological Physics

Viewpoint: Transition Path Times for DNA and RNA Folding from Force Spectroscopy

Experiments show that the times required to cross the barrier for the folding and unfolding of different nucleic acids are consistently about a few microseconds, despite many orders of magnitude differences in rate coefficients. Read More »