Department of Physics

Ben Evans

Associate Professor of Physics
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Ben Evans takes tools from physics and applies them to questions of biological importance. His most current work focuses on use of a unique nanoparticle composite to develop new cancer treatments. Evans and his students have made microscopic spheres from the flexible magnetic material, which are smaller than red blood cells and have the ability to carry certain types of chemotherapy drugs. The magnetics enable remote heating of the spheres to stimulate drug release, and can also be used to direct the spheres to specific locations in the body so there can be a targeted delivery of a large dose of drugs to treat malignant tumors. He uses his findings in this field to build the foundation for the graduate-style research group he runs for undergraduate students.


Ph.D. in Physics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.S. in Physics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.S. in Physics, Rhodes College

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