Biomedical Engineering

Tonya Kuhl


Kuhl Lab

Phone: 530.754.5911

Office: 3106 Bainer


B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Arizona
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of California,
Santa BarbaraPostdoctoral Fellow, Materials Research Laboratory, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Interests

Direct Measurements of Biological Membrane – Membrane Interactions, Ligand-Receptor Interactions, Polymer Thin-Films, and Small Angle Scattering Studies of Interfacial Films


Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Biomedical Engineering
Biophysics Graduate Group


Cho, J.-H. J., Smith, G. S., Hamilton, W. A., Mulder, D. J., Kuhl, T. L., and Mays, J. “Neuron surface force confinement cell for neutron reflectometry studies of complex fluid under nano-confinement,” Rev. Sci. Instruments 79:103908 7pgs (2008).

Miller, C. E., Majewski, J., Watkins, E. B., Weygand, M., and Kuhl, T. L. “Part II: Diffraction from 2D Cholera Toxin Crystals Bound to their Receptors in a Lipid Monolayer,”
Biophysical Journal 95:641-647 (2008).

Miller, C. E., Majewski, J., Watkins, E. B., and Kuhl, T. L. “ Part I: An X-ray Scattering Study of Cholera Toxin Penetration and Induced Phase Transformations in Lipid Membranes,”
Biophysical Journal 95:629-640 (2008).

Miller, C. E., Majewski, J., Watkins, E. B., Mulder, D. J., Gog, T., and Kuhl, T. L. “Probing the local order of single phospholipid membranes using grazing incidence x-ray diffraction,”
Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 058103 (2008).

Wong, J. Y., Kuhl, T. L., “Dynamics of Membrane Adhesion: The role of polyethylene glycol spacers, ligand-receptor bond strength, and rupture pathway,”
Langmuir 24:1225-1231 (2008).

Moore, N. W., Mulder, D. J., and Kuhl, T. L., “Adhesion from Tethered Ligand-Receptor Bonds with Microsecond Lifetimes,”
Langmuir 24:1212-1218 (2008).


Moore, N. W., Delacruz, A. D., Lancaster, K. S., Diekmann, T., and Kuhl, T. L., “Synthesis of a Reversible Streptavidin Binder for Biomimetic Assemblies,”
Aus. J. Chem. 60 (5): 363-368 (2007).