Kurt Andresen

Ronald J. Smith Professor of Applied Physics




Campus Box 0405


Masters Hall
Room 203
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400


BA Boston University
PhD Cornell University

Academic Focus

Electrostatics in biological systems, small-angle x-ray scattering, biological polyelectrolytes (DNA, RNA, nucleosomes)

Dr. Andresen received his B.A. in physics from Boston University and his Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Cornell University. His research is in the electrostatic properties of biological molecules. In particular, he is interested in how life uses electrostatics to manipulate the packing of DNA in our bodies and how this special packing is utilized by everything from viruses to humans. Dr. Andresen is also the co-host of the Higher Education podcast, The Ivory Attic, with his colleague and friend Dr. Ian Isherwood. 

Courses Taught