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Nikolay Dokholyan, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics and member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, was elected as a 2012 Fellow of the American Physical Society. The Dokholyan lab studies the physical nature of interactions between atoms, molecules, cells, and organisms. The underlying question throughout their research is how these interactions shape the complex organization, behavior, and evolution of biomolecules and organisms.

Dr. Dokholyan was awarded distinction as an American Physical Society fellow for using multiscale modeling techniques to advance our understanding of physical interactions within and between biological molecules that yield insights into their complex organization, behavior, and evolution. He has served the community by making his these tools publicly accessible.

The American Physical Society is one of the leading non-profit membership organizations working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy and international activities. All APS members are eligible for nomination and election to Fellowship.

The criterion for election is exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise; e.g., outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics educat ion. Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one’s professional peers. Dr. Dokholyan’s nomination was brought forth from the APS Division of Biological Physics.