• Basic Information
  • Awards & Honors
  • Publications
  • Areas of Interest
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Presentations
  • Professional Experience
Christina Othon Portrait

Christina Othon

Associate Professor of Physics

[email protected]
920-748-8762
Office: Farr 114
Website

Basic Information

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • B.S., University of Iowa

Courses Taught

  • Phy100 Biophysics and Biomaterials
  • Phy 400 Advanced Laboratory
  • Phy120 Astronomy
  • Phy 171 General Physics
  • Phy340 Electricity and Magnetism

Awards & Honors

  • Committee for the Status of Women in Physics Child Travel Award, 2015
  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship, 2006
  • Student Assistantship in Research Scholarship (STARS), 2001
  • Richard H. Larson Fellowship, 2000

Publications

(* = undergraduate student author)
(** = graduate student author)

  • N. Shukla, E. Pomarico, C. J. S. Hecht, E. A. Taylor, M. Chergui, C. M. Othon “Hydrophobic interactions of sucralose with protein structures”, Arch. Biochem. Biophys., 639, 38-43. (2018) doi:10.1016/j.abb.2017.12.013
  • C.M. Othon "Hydrophobic interactions of sucralose with protein structures” sciencedirect.com (2018)
  • N. Dadashvand** and C. M. Othon “Temperature Dependent Rotational Correlation in Lipids”, Physical Biology, 13 (6), 066004 (2016).
  • N. Shukla**, E. Pomarico, L. Chen*, M. Chergui, and C. M. Othon “Retardation of Bulk Water Dynamics by Disaccharide Osmolytes", J. Phys. Chem. B, 2016, 120 (35), pp 9477–9483. (2016)
  • L. Chen*, N. Shukla**, I. Cho*, E. Cohn**, E. A. Taylor, C. M. Othon, “Sucralose Destabilization of Protein Structure”, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 6, 1441–1446 (2015). 10.1021/acs.jpclett.5b00442. Featured in November 2015 Issue of “Staying Current: Formulation of Biopharmaceuticals.” Legacy BioDesign LLC
  • N. Dadashvand**, L. A. Williams*, C. M. Othon, “Heterogeneous rotational diffusion of a fluorescent probe in lipid monolayers”, Structural Dynamics, 1, 054701 (2014); doi: 10.1063/1.4894379.
  • B. R. Ringeisen, C. M. Othon, U.S. Patent No. 8,101,247, Sub-Micron Laser Direct-Write, (2012).
  • C. M. Othon, S. Ducharme, “Polarization patterning by laser-induced phase change in ferroelectric polymer films”, Applied Physics A, 104 727-731 (2011).
  • B. R. Ringeisen, C. M. Othon, X. Wu, D. B. Krizman, M. M. Darfler, J. J. Anders, and P. K. Wu, “Biological Laser Printing (BioLP) for High resolution Cell Deposition”, Cell and Organ Printing, Springer, New York, Eds. B. R. Ringeisen, B. J. Spargo, and P. K. Wu (2010). (editorial review)
  • T. H. Yoo, O.-H. Kwon, C. M. Othon, J. Van Deventer, D. Tirrell, A. H. Zewail, Hydration Dynamics at Fluorinated Protein Surfaces, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107 17101-17106 (2010).
  • C. M. Othon, O.-H. Kwon, M. M. Lin, A. H. Zewail, Solvation in protein (un)folding: Effect of local and bulk dynamics in the melittin tetramer-monomer transition, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106 12593-12598 (2009).
  • O. F. Mohammed, O.-H. Kwon, C. M. Othon, A. H. Zewail, Charge Transfer Assisted by Collective H-Bonding Network Dynamics, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 48 6251-6256 (2009).
  • B. Ringeisen, C. Othon, J. Barron, P. Wu, The Evolution of Cell Printing, Fundamentals of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Eds. Meyer, U., Meyer, Th., Handschel, J., Wiesmann, H.P.; 613-631 (2009). (editorial review)
  • C. M. Othon, A. Laracuente, H. D. Ladoucuer, B. R. Ringeisen, Sub-Micron Parallel Laser Direct-Write, Applied Surface Science 255 3407-3413 (2008).
  • C. M. Othon, J. Kim, S. Ducharme, V. M. Fridkin, Switching Kinetics of Ferroelectric Nanomesas, Journal of Applied Physics 104 054109 (2008). Featured in the Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology 18, issue 12.
  • C. M. Othon, X. Wu, J. J. Anders, B. R. Ringeisen, Single-cell printing to form three-dimensional lines of olfactory ensheathing cells, Biomedical Materials 3 034101 (2008).
  • B. R. Ringeisen, J. A. Barron, D. Young, C. M. Othon, H. D. Ladoucuer, P. K. Wu, B. J. Spargo. “Laser Printing Cells”, Virtual Prototyping & Bio Manufacturing in Medical Applications, Springer, New York, Eds. Bopaya Bidanda and Paulo Bartolo (2007). (editorial review)
  • B. R. Ringeisen, C. M. Othon , J. A. Barron, H. D. Young, and B. J. Spargo, Jet-based methods to print living cells, Biotechnology Journal 1, 930-948 (2006).
  • K. Kraemer, A. Sorokin, C. Othon, S. Ducharme, and V. Fridkin, The effects of humidity on the dielectric response in ferroelectric polymers made by Langmuir-Blodgett deposition, Ferroelectrics, Letters Section 32, 85-89 (2005).
  • S. Ducharme, T. J. Reece, C. M. Othon, and R. K. Rannow, Ferroelectric Polymeric Langmuir-Blodgett Films for Non-Volatile Memory Applications, IEEE Transactions on Device and Materials Reliability, 5, 720-735 (2005).
  • C. M. Othon, F. B. Bateman, and S. Ducharme, Effects of electron irradiation on the ferroelectric properties of Langmuir-Blodgett copolymer films, Journal of Applied Physics 98, 14106-14112 (2005).
  • C. M. Othon and S. Ducharme, Electron Irradiation Effects on Ferroelectric Copolymer Langmuir-Blodgett Films , Ferroelectrics 304 , 9-12 (2004).
  • P. A. Jacobson, L. G. Rosa, C. M. Othon, K. Kraemer. A. V. Sorokin, S. Ducharme, and P. A. Dowben, Water absorption and dielectric changes in crystalline poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) copolymer films, Applied Physics Letters 84 , 88-92 (2004).

Areas of Interest

  • Soft Condensed Matter Physics
  • Biophysics

Professional/Scholarly Affiliations

  • American Association of Physics Teachers
  • National Mentoring Community
  • American Physical Society
  • Biophysical Society
  • Materials Research Society

Presentations

Invited Talks

  • “Collective Dynamics and Hydration in Biological Self-Assembly” Ripon College (March 2017)
  • “Collective Dynamics and Hydration in Biological Self-Assembly” Eastern Connecticut State University (January 2017)
  • “Collective Dynamics and Hydration in Biological Self-Assembly” University of Rhode Island (March 2016)
  • “Sucralose Destabilization of Protein Structure” APS March Meeting Press Conference and Webcast (March 2015)
  • “Manipulating Protein Stability Through Solvent Dynamics” École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
    (March 2014)
  • “Solvent Dynamics: Governing Structure in Biological Systems” Queens College (March 2012)
  • “Solvent Dynamics: Governing Structure in Biological Systems”Southern Connecticut State
    University (November 2011)
  • “Solvent Dynamics: Governing Structure in Biological Systems” University of Iowa (October 2011)
  • “Ultrafast Solvation: Investigating Molecular Forces in Protein Folding” Trinity College (November 2010)
  • “Investigating Molecular Forces at the Protein Surface”, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (February, 2010)
  • “Ultrafast Solvation: Investigating Molecular Forces in Protein Folding” Wesleyan University (January, 2010)
  • “Laser Processing From Nanotech to Neurology” University of Nebraska Lincoln MRSEC Symposium (February 2007)
  • “Laser Processing From Nanotech to Neurology” Wayne State University (February 2007)
  • “Laser Processing From Nanotech to Neurology” University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (March
    2007)

Contributed Presentations
(* = undergraduate student author)
(** = graduate student author)

  • C. M. Othon, Wesleyan NSM Lunch Series, “Hydration in Biopreservation” Middletown, CT; (November 2016)
  • C. M. Othon, N. Dadashvand**, E. Vega-Lozada**, American Physical Society March Meeting, “Temperature Dependent Rotational Correlation in Lipids”, Baltimore MD, oral presentation (2016)
  • Shukla N.**, Pomarico E, Chen L.*, Chergui M, Othon C.M. American Physical Society Conference New England Section, “Retardation of Hydration Dynamics in the Bulk by Disaccharide Osmolytes”. Norton, MA, oral presentation (2016)
  • Shukla N.**, Pomarico E., Chen L.*, Chergui M., Othon C.M. Biophysics Retreat Wesleyan University, “Retardation of Bulk Water Dynamics by Disaccharide Osmolytes”. Middletown, CT, poster presentation (2016)
  • C. M. Othon, Wesleyan University College of Integrative Sciences Seminar, "What the Hell does sugar have to do with protein stability?" Middletown CT, (2015)
  • Shukla N.**, Chen L.*, Cho I.*, Cohn E.**, Taylor E.A., Othon C.M . Biophysics Retreat Wesleyan University, “Sucralose Destabilization of Protein Structure” Middletown, CT, poster presentation, (2015)
  • C. M. Othon, N. Dadashvand**, E. Vega-Lozada**, American Physical Society March Meeting, “Heterogeneous Rotational Diffusion in Lipid Structures”, San Antonio TX, oral presentation (2015).
  • I. Cho*, L. Chen*, N. Shukla, E. Cohn**, E. A. Taylor, C. M. Othon , “Sucralose Destabilization of Protein Structure” American Physical Society March Meeting, San Antonio TX, poster presentation (2015).
  • N. Dadashvand**, C. M. Othon, “Heterogeneous Rotational Diffusion in Lipid Monolayers”, American Physical Society March Meeting, San Antonio TX, oral presentation (2015).
  • C. M. Othon, Neda Dadashvand**, L. Williams*, 2nd International Conference on Physics and Biological Systems, “ Heterogeneous Rotational Diffusion in Lipid Monolayers”, Gif-Sur-Yvette France, poster presentation (2014).
  • L. Williams*, C.M. Othon, Wesleyan Physical Science and Mathematics Scholars Program, “An Introduction to Lipid Dynamics/ Life as a Science Major at Wesleyan” Middletown CT, oral presentation (2014).
  • I. Cho*, L. Chen*, N. Shukla**, E. A. Taylor, C. M. Othon Annual Biophysics Retreat ‘Understanding Disaccharide Biopreservation through Structural Dynamics’, Middletown CT poster presentation (2014).
  • L. Williams*, Neda Dadashvand**, C.M. Othon, Ronald E. McNair U.C. Symposium, “Lipid Dynamics: Interaction Between DPPC and Cholesterol Mixed Monolayers” Berkeley, CA oral presentation (2014).
  • I. Cho*, L. Chen*, N. Shukla**, E. Cohn**, E. A. Taylor, C. M. Othon , CT Space Grant Symposium ‘Regulating Protein Stability in Microgravity Environments’ , Hartford CT, poster presentation (2014).
  • L. Williams*, N. Dadashvand**, C.M. Othon, Undergraduate Spectroscopy Research Conference, “Lipid Dynamics: Interaction Between DPPC and Cholesterol Mixed Monolayers”, Wesleyan University Middletown CT oral presentation (2014).
  • I. Cho*, L. Chen*, N. Shukla**, E. A. Taylor, C. M. Othon Undergraduate Research Symposium for High Resolution Molecular Spectroscopy and Structure “Disaccharide Hydration Dynamics: Trehalose as an Osmoprotectant”, Middletown CT, oral presentation (2014).
  • L. Williams*, N. Dadashvand**, C.M. Othon, Ronald E. McNair National Conference, “Lipid Dynamics: Interaction Between DPPC and Cholesterol Mixed Monolayers”, Madison, WI oral presentation (2013).
  • I. Cho*, L. Chen*, N. Shukla**, E. A. Taylor, C. M. Othon Annual Biophysics Retreat “Investigating Hydration Dynamics of Disaccharide Fluorinated Derivatives”, Middletown CT poster presentation (2013).
  • C. M. Othon, N. Dadashvand**, Soft Condensed Matter Gordon Research Conference, “Time-Resolved Fluorescence Anisotropy Microscopy as a Probe of Lipid Domain Dynamics and In-Plane Ordering”, New London NH, poster presentation (2013).
  • L. Williams*, N. Dadashvand**, C.M. Othon, Ronald E. McNair National Conference, “Lipid Dynamics: Interaction Between DPPC and Cholesterol Mixed Monolayers” Buffalo, NY oral presentation (2013).
  • Neda Dadashvand**, C.M. Othon, “Measuring In-Plane Lipid Phase Dynamics” Biophysics society annual meeting, Poster Session, Philadelphia, PA, poster presentation (2013).
  • C. M. Othon, N. Dadashvand**, F. Schupp*, Biophysical Society Meeting, “Wide-field Time Resolved Anisotropy for In-Situ Lipid Phase Dynamics” San Diego CA, poster presentation (2013).
  • L. Chen*, C. M. Othon, CT Space Grant Consortium, “Solvent Dynamics and the Effectivity of the Osmolyetes Trehalose and Sucrose” Hartford CT, poster presentation (2013).
  • Neda Dadashvand**, C.M. Othon, Biophysics Retreat Wesleyan University, “Wide-field Time Resolved Microscopy for in-situ Lipid Phase Dynamics”, poster presentation (2012).
  • Neda Dadashvand**, C.M. Othon, “Dynamics in a Membrane Model”, Biophysics Retreat, Wesleyan University, poster presentation (2011).
  • C. M. Othon, Biophysics Retreat “Phase Transitions in Biological Membranes”, Middletown CT, oral presentation (2011).
  • C. M. Othon , NSM Lunch Series Wesleyan University “Time-resolved Spectroscopic Techniques for Probing Protein Interactions”, Middletown CT, oral presentation (2010).

Professional Experience

Journal Reviewer:

  • Journal of Physical Chemistry
  • Journal of American Chemical Society
  • Journal of Applied Physics
  • Applied Physics Letters
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Science