Physics and astronomy graduate student George Hamilton (left) is mentored by Hugo Sanabria.

Physics graduate student George Hamilton (left) is mentored by Hugo Sanabria.
Image Credit: College of Science

CLEMSON – George Hamilton, a second-year graduate student in the College of Science’s department of physics and astronomy, has received a three-month fellowship to conduct research this summer at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf in Germany.

The research will strengthen the collaboration between Hugo Sanabria’s lab at Clemson University and Claus A. M. Seidel’s group at Heinrich Heine University (HHU). Sanabria, an assistant professor in physics and astronomy, is an HHU alumnus. Hamilton is a member of Sanabria’s lab.

While in Germany, Hamilton will study the dynamics of PSD-95, a protein found in neural postsynaptic densities, which is a potential target for treatment of strokes.

“I feel incredibly honored and privileged to have received this award,” said Hamilton, a native of Raleigh, North Carolina. “I have always dreamed of traveling internationally, but have never had the chance. Now I have the opportunity to do just that for three whole months while continuing research in a field I love. It feels like the summer can’t come soon enough.”

Hamilton’s research will lead to a joint publication that will help pave the way to facilitate additional research. In the long term, the collaboration will lead to jointly funded programs.

“I am happy for George to have such an opportunity. It is truly a complete package traveling abroad and doing state-of-the-art science,” said Sanabria, who is also a Clemson University School of Health Faculty Scholar. “Dr. Seidel is one of the pioneers in single-molecule spectroscopy and his group is well-known in the biophysics field.”