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Paul Selvin

Professor, Physics and Biophysics

Paul Selvin has spent his career developing high-resolution fluorescent techniques to study biological molecules as a biophysicist. Selvin’s recent work has turned to molecular motors—proteins whose job is moving cargoes around the cell. Selvin’s lab is now visualizing single transcription factors going from the cytoplasm to the nucleus, and has looked at the Estrogen Receptor and NF-kB, two important cancer-related proteins.

Paul Selvin earned a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1990. He currently serves as a professor of physics and biophysics and quantitative biology, and the John Bardeen Faculty Scholar at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.