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Richard Superfine


Richard Superfine, Taylor-Williams Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received his B. S. in physics from Lehigh University and worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories for three years before moving to University of California, Berkeley to obtain his Physics Ph.D. in laser studies of molecular surfaces. Since arriving at UNC Chapel Hill, his research includes the study of nanoscale phenomena in nanodevices, biological forces, biofluids and the systems biology of lung defense. He is the principal investigator of the UNC NIH resource for Computer Integrated Systems for Manipulation and Microscopy ( which develops tools for biomedical sciences. One microscopy system, the nanoManipulator, has been commercialized and has won an R&D 100 award (2001). He has received the Macres Award from the Microbeam Analytical Society, the Hettelman Prize for excellence in scholarship from UNC-CH, and for distinguished undergraduate teaching at UNC-CH , the Johnson Award and the Bowman and Gordon Gray Professorship. He is principal investigator of the Virtual Lung Project which brings together biophysical and biochemical measurements of mucus clearance together with computational modeling to create an integrated, predictive model for lung defense.