Paul Champion

Affiliated Faculty,  Bioengineering
Professor,  Physics


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Research Focus

experimental biological physics; inelastic light scattering; ultrafast pump-probe laser spectroscopy; proton tunneling; quantum biology


  • M.S., Ph.D., Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S., Physics, Iowa State University

Honors & Awards

  • National Institutes of Health Career Development Award
  • NIH National Research Service Award
  • Permanent member of NIH Study Section on Molecular and Cellular Biophysics (1999-2004); ad hoc member of NIH Special Emphasis Panels and study section on Macromolecular Structure and Function
  • National Science Foundation scientific review panels (2015-2020)
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • Divisional Editor Physical Review Letters (1994-2000)
  • Fellow, American Association for Advancement of Science
  • Visiting Fellow, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science
  • International Advisory Board: Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (2008-2017)
  • NSF/CNRS Exchange Fellow, Paris France
  • Board of Directors Telluride Science Research Center (2006-2008)
  • External Advisory Board NSF Frontier Center: University of Michigan (2007-2008)
  • Steering Committee: International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy
  • Editorial Board: Journal of Raman Spectroscopy
  • International Advisory Committee: Time Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy

Research Overview

experimental biological physics; inelastic light scattering; ultrafast pump-probe laser spectroscopy; proton tunneling; quantum biology

Selected Research Projects

  • Electron-Nuclear Coupling, Charge Transport, and Catalysis in Biomolecules: The Role of Vibrational and Conformational Dynamics
    • – Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation

Research Centers and Institutes

Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Complex Systems

Selected Publications

  • P.M. Champion, A. Bennabbas, Proton Tunneling and Proton-coupled Electron Transfer in Biological Systems: Theory and Experimental Analysis, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry Series, 18, Chap. 3, 2021, Royal Society of Chemistry, J. Kaestner and S. Kozuch, Eds.
  • Z. Hennighausen, C. Lane, A. Benabbas, K. Mendez, M. Eggenberger, P.M. Champion, J. Robinson, A. Bansil, S. Kar, Oxygen-Induced In Situ Manipulation of the Interlayer Coupling and Exciton Recombination in Bi2Se3/MoS2 2D Heterostructures, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 11, 2019, 15913−15921
  • Benabbas, P.M. Champion, Adiabatic Ligand Binding in Heme Proteins: Ultrafast Kinetics of Methionine Rebinding in Ferrous Cytochrome c, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 122, 2018, 11431-11439
  • Salna, A. Benabbas, D. Russo, P.M. Champion Tunneling Kinetics and Nonadiabatic Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer in Proteins: The Effect of Electric Fields and Anharmonic Donor-Acceptor Interactions, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 121, 2017, 6869-6881

Mar 22, 2016

FY17 TIER 1 Award Recipients

23 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY17 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 12 different projects representing over $600K dollars of investment in research.

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