Charles Asbury

B.S. 1991 Cornell University
M.S. 1993 Tulane University
Ph.D. 1999 University of Washington

Charles ("Chip") Asbury was born in Peoria, Illinois in 1969. He studied mechanical engineering at Cornell University, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1991. In the laboratory of Dr. Robert A. Peattie of Tulane University, he applied laser Doppler velocimetry and color Doppler ultrasound flow imaging to measure flow fields and study transition to turbulence in models of abdominal aortic aneurysms. He earned his Masters of Science degree in biomedical engineering from Tulane in 1993. At the University of Washington he joined the laboratory of Dr. Ger van den Engh, where he studied the manipulation of DNA molecules with nonuniform oscillating electric fields, and built instruments for measuring fluorescence spectra and polarization in a flow cytometer. He earned his Doctorate in bioengineering from the University of Washington in 1999. As a postdoc, Charles has been developing new techniques for studying single kinesin molecules. Working with Matt Lang and Josh Shaevitz, he helped construct a new optical trapping instrument for applying loads in various directions to kinesin motors as they move along microtubules. Currently, he is expressing and purifying kinesin mutants for study in the optical trap.