Dean, College of Science and Mathematics
Professor of Physics
Office: Allgood Hall E-324A
PhD, Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S., Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S., Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. John Sutherland is the Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics and Professor of Physics, at Augusta University. His research interests focus on biological applications of physics, particularly the damages done to DNA by ultraviolet and ionizing radiations, and post-irradiation effects on cells. He also studies the structure of DNA and proteins and their interactions with smaller molecules in solution using visible and ultraviolet light. He pioneered the use of synchrotron radiation for measuring vacuum UV circular dichroism and time resolved fluorescence, and received two R&D 100 awards.
He comes to Augusta University from East Carolina University, where he was Chair of the Department of Physics and Interim Dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. Prior faculty appointments include Senior Biophysicist in the Biology Department of Brookhaven National Laboratory and Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of California, Irvine.
He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, earning a BS, MS, and PhD in physics, with most of his dissertation research performed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. After graduate school, he served two years on active duty as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, stationed at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington DC, and three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.