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Ugur Akgun
Research Interests

I have two different research areas: Experimental High Energy Physics and Computational Biophysics.

In Experimental High Energy Physics, my main focus is development of new detector technologies. The students working with me are actively involved in hadronic calorimeter construction and upgrade studies for the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project. As a part of CMS Hadronic Forward Calorimeter upgrades, we have completed Photomultiplier Tube characterizations, currently we work on developing radiation hard scintillating glass for CMS Hadronic Endcap calorimeter upgrades.

Since Coe Physics department has state of the art glass research facilities, we focus on developing glass based detectors. Students doing research with me recently are working on high density glass based proton imaging device for medical applications, and borosilicate glass based neutron detector design for homeland security.

Computation Biophysics Summer Researcher - 2015
Computational Biophysics Summer Researcher 2015

My second research area is Computational Biophysics studies on membrane proteins. The students working on these projects develop computational skills on modeling proteins from X-Ray diffraction data, and performing data analysis. The computational physics experiments on these models reveal their working mechanism and details of their function. The information obtained from these studies is used for computer aided drug design efforts. Students doing research with me recently are working on Cardiovascular Drug recruitment by P-Glycoproteins, and water conduction through AQP0 - CaM system.

The students working for me are part of international efforts and present their work in collaboration meetings as well as national conferences.

Ugur Akgun

Recent Publications:

  • "Calmodulin Bound Aquaporin-0 Reveals Two Distinct Energy Profiles", Computational Molecular Bioscience, 2016
  • “High-Density Scintillating Glasses For A Proton Imaging Detector” Journal of Optical Materials, 2016
  • “Radiation Hard Elastomer Scintillators for a New Generation of Particle Detectors”,  Journal of Instrumentation, 2016.
  • “Post Situ Neutron and Gamma Radiation Damage Tests on Different Quartz Types”, Journal of Instrumentation, 2016.
  • "The transverse momentum dependence on charged kaon Bose-Einstein corelations in the SELEX experiment”, Physics Letters B, 2016.
  • “A Neutron Detector Based On Boron-10 Enriched Scintillating Glasses”, Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Ceramic Materials & Components for Energy & Environmental Applications, 2016.
  • “Measurements of the Rate Capability of Various Resistive Plate Chambers”, Journal of Instrumentation, 2015.
  • "Electronically Conductive Vanadate Glasses for Resistive Plate Chamber Particle Detectors", International Journal of Applied Glass Science, 2015.
  • "Characterizing the binding interactions between P-Glycoprotein and eight known cardiovascular transport ligands" Pharmacology Research and Perspectives, 2015
  • "Measurement of Charged Pion Production Yields off the NuMI Target", Physical Review D, 2014.
  • "Characterization of 1800 Hamamatsu R7600 PMTs for CMS HF Calorimeter Upgrade", Journal of Instrumentation, 2014.
  • "High Density Scintillating Glass Calorimeter", Journal of Instrumentation, 2014.
  • "A New Glassy State Of Matter: The Color Glass Condensate", International Journal of Applied Glass Science, 2013.
  • "CMS Hadronic Endcap Calorimeter Upgrade R&D Studies" Physics Procedia 2012.
  • “Quartz Plate Calorimeter Prototype With Wavelength Shifting Fibers”, Journal of Instrumentation, 2012.
  • "The Periplasmic Vestibule Plays Important Role for Solute Recruitment, Selectivity, and Gating in Rh/Amt/MEP Superfamily", Proceedings of National Academy of Science, 2011.