Sara Vaiana

Associate Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1504
Assistant Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1504

Biography

Sara M. Vaiana has a research background in soft condensed matter physics applied to biological systems. Her research is driven by an interest in fundamental theoretical aspects of proteins as biological systems. She uses a number of experimental techniques, ranging from light scattering to fast pulse-probe laser spectroscopy to study intra- and inter-molecular interactions in biologically relevant proteins in solution, working in close conjunction with biochemists, physical chemists and molecular biologists. She applies concepts from phase transitions and polymer physics to understand pathological protein aggregation. Her current research is focused on two main areas of interest: i) investigating the conformational states and the dynamics of natively disordered proteins, in relation to their biological function ii) understanding the mechanism and quantifying the driving forces which lead to amyloid protein aggregation and disease.

Education

Ph.D. Physics, University of Palermo, Italy 2004

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
PHY 150 Physics I
PHY 499 Individualized Instruction
PHY 792 Research
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
PHY 792 Research
PHY 795 Continuing Registration
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
PHY 498 Pro-Seminar
NAN 598 Special Topics
PHY 598 Special Topics
PHY 792 Research
PHY 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
PHY 150 Physics I
PHY 499 Individualized Instruction
PHY 792 Research
PHY 799 Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
PHY 792 Research
PHY 795 Continuing Registration
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
PHY 498 Pro-Seminar
NAN 598 Special Topics
PHY 598 Special Topics
PHY 792 Research
PHY 799 Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
PHY 150 Physics I
PHY 499 Individualized Instruction
PHY 792 Research
PHY 799 Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
PHY 792 Research
PHY 795 Continuing Registration
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
PHY 498 Pro-Seminar
NAN 598 Special Topics
PHY 598 Special Topics
PHY 792 Research
PHY 799 Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
PHY 150 Physics I
PHY 499 Individualized Instruction
PHY 792 Research
PHY 799 Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
PHY 795 Continuing Registration
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
PHY 498 Pro-Seminar
NAN 598 Special Topics
PHY 598 Special Topics
PHY 792 Research
PHY 799 Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
PHY 150 Physics I
PHY 499 Individualized Instruction
PHY 799 Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course Number Course Title
PHY 499 Individualized Instruction
PHY 795 Continuing Registration
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
PHY 498 Pro-Seminar
NAN 598 Special Topics
PHY 598 Special Topics
PHY 792 Research
PHY 799 Dissertation