Ben Ovryn received his undergraduate (B.S.) degree in physics from the University of Rochester, NY, USA (1992) and an M.A. degree in physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY, USA (1984). He continued his education at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, obtaining a Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering (1992). From 1984 to 2003, he served in the following capacities: a Research Fellow at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, a Senior Research Scientist working at NASA in Cleveland, Ohio, and a Principal Researcher and Instructor at Case Western Reserve University. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a member of the Gruss-Lipper Biophotonics Center and the Cancer Center. Professor Ovryn is recognized as an expert in microscopic imaging with an emphasis on light scattering and confocal interference microscopy. His research is focused on understanding the mechanisms that govern adhesion between the cytoskeleton and the extracellular matrix. His laboratory uses a combination of optical microscopy techniques to image adhesion to an extracellular matrix, an essential process in mammalian cellular locomotion. The formation of a stable adhesion requires the interaction between adhesion receptors and their ligands. Unfortunately, a mechanistic understanding of the processes that govern the formation of integrin adhesions still eludes scientists.
Biography Updated on 27 April 2010