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Taviare Hawkins

Assistant Professor

Specialty area(s)

Computational Methods and Experimental Biophysics

Brief biography

Computational Methods and Experimental Biophysics

Current courses at UWL

Fall 2016
PHY 203 - General Physics I (Calculus-based Lecture and Laboratory)
PHY 311 Lab - Experimental Physics
PHY 125 Lab - Physics for the Life Sciences
PHY 498 - Physics and Astronomy Research: Biomechanics

Teaching history

PHY 203 - General Physics I (Calculus-based Lecture and Laboratory, Fall only)
- 15, 16
PHY 204 - General Physics II (Calculus-based Lecture and Laboratory, Spring only)
- 16
PHY 311 - Experimental Physics (Lab) - Fa 15, Sp15, Fa14, Sp14, Fa13, Sp13
PHY 125 - Physics for the Life Sciences (Algebra-based Lecture and Laboratory)
- Fa14, Sp14, Fa13, Sp13,Fa12
PHY 125 (Lab only) - Fa15, Sp15
PHY 453 - Introduction to Scientific Writing in Experimental Biophysics - Sp16
PHY 498 - Physics and Astronomy Research - Fa12 - Present
PHY 103 Lab - Fa15, Fa12
PHY 453 - Introduction to Biophysics - Sp15
CHM 499 -Chemistry Research - Sp 16

Professional history

2012 – Present  Assistant Professor of Physics
Department of Physics University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI

2009 – 2012  Postdoctoral Research Associate
Physics Department, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, MA

2008 – 2010   Mount Holyoke Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Physics, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

Research and publishing

My research involves working on problems that lie at the intersections of physics, mathematics, engineering, biology and chemistry. I am a biophysicist that uses the quantitative skills and methods I learned in physics to gain a better understand how living cells do what they do. Since this problem is very complicated and quite broad, I have focused my attention on the cytoskeletal filaments. Understanding the mechanical and dynamical properties of microtubules in addition to how microtubule associated proteins work to fine tune these properties within cells, is the area where my research interests lie.

(selected publications)

M. Bailey, L. Conway, M.W. Gramlich, T.L. Hawkins, J.L. Ross,
“Modern Methods to Interrogate Microtubule Dynamics,” Integrative Biology, 5, 1324-1333 (2013). web Bailey-IBio-2013.pdf Chosen as an iBiology HOT Article! doi: 10.1039/C3IB40124C

T.L. Hawkins, D. Sept, B. Moogessie, A. Straube, J.L. Ross, “Mechanics of Doubly Stabilized Microtubules,” Biophysical Journal, 104, 1517-1528 (2013). web Hawkins-BPJ-2013.pdf (Cover Art) *Chosen for Biophysical Journal Collection on Molecular Motors and the Cytoskeleton! doi: 10.1016/j.bpj.2013.02.026).

T.L. Hawkins, M. Mirigian, J. Li, M.S. Yasar, D.L. Sackett, D. Sept, J.L. Ross, “Perturbations in Microtubule Mechanics from Tubulin Preparation,” Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, 5, 227-238 (2012). web Hawkins-CAMB-2012.pdf.

T. Hawkins, M. Mirigian, M. Selcuk Yasar, J.L. Ross, “Mechanics of Microtubules,” Journal of Biomechanics, 43, 23-30 (2010) web Hawkins-JBiomech-2010.pdf doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2009.09.005.


Biophysics, University of Massachusetts -Amherst, Amherst Massachusetts (Postdoc)
Physics, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York (MS & PhD)
Computer Science, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York ( MS )
Physics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa ( BS )