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Dr. John Sutherland

ECU Physics Chair Appointed Interim Dean, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

GREENVILLE, N.C. (July 2, 2013) — Dr. John Sutherland, professor and chair of the Department of Physics, assumed his new role as Interim Dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences on July 1. Sutherland came to ECU in 2001 and has spent the previous 12 years as the chair of physics.

Prior to his tenure at ECU, Sutherland taught and performed research for the Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Physics; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Department of Molecular Biology; University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; University of Southern California, Department of Chemistry; University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine's Department of Physiology and Biophysics; and the Brookhaven National Laboratory, Bioscience Department. His tenure at Walter Reed was during a tour of active duty as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps.

Sutherland's diverse research interests include the biological effects of ionizing and ultraviolet radiation, spectroscopy of biological molecules, biomedical applications of synchrotron radiation and free electron lasers, quantitative analytical electrophoresis and electronic imaging of gels and blots, and quantification of DNA damage by single-molecule laser-induced fluorescence.

His numerous honors and awards include a research career development award from the National Cancer Institute; a Research and Development IR 100 award for inventing IMAGESystem, the first CCD electronic imaging system for recording fluorescence from electrophoretic gels; a Research and Development 100 award for inventing the Fluorescence Omnilyzer, a single-photon counting system that records simultaneously the wavelength, time-of-arrival and polarization of each detected photon; and the Helms Research Award from the ECU Chapter of the Society of Sigma Xi.

Sutherland has received a number of fellowships, including a National Defense Education Act pre-doctoral Fellowship, an Oak Ridge Graduate Research Fellowship, a National Institutes of Health post doctoral Fellowship and a Career Development Award from the National Cancer Institute. Within the professional realm, Sutherland is a member of the American Society for Photobiology, the Biophysical Society and the Radiation Research Society. In addition, he is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of their Biological Physics Subgroup.

Sutherland completed post doctorate training at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his PhD, MS and BS degrees in physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Ga.

For additional information, contact Sutherland at 252-328-2023, or via email at sutherlandj@ecu.edu.