William A. Eaton
William Eaton received his M.D. and Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Pennsylvania. He is an NIH Distinguished Investigator in the Laboratory of Chemical Physics at the National Institutes of Health, and recipient of the 2012 Max Delbrück Prize in Biological Physics of the American Physical Society. His research in biological physics focuses on single molecule fluorescence and statistical mechanical models for protein folding.
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.