Jules Stein Eye Institute
Los Angeles, USA
Oktay K. Gasymov was born in Zakatala, Azerbaijan Republic on August 04, 1958. He received his bachelor degree in 1979 from the Baku State University, Azerbaijan Republic. During the years 1982-1984, he worked at the Institute Chemical Physics, in Moscow, under supervision of Prof. K.M. L’vov. He received his Ph.D in 1988 and Doctor of Sciences (Physics-Mathematics) (“Habilitation” degree) in 1993. His main research area was free radical processes under mechanical destruction of proteins. From 1979-1996 he worked at the Institute of Physics Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan. In 1996, he worked as a leading research scientist. In 1996, he was invited to UCLA to lead the research team in the biophysical spectroscopic studies of the protein called tear lipocalin. Currently, he is a senior staff scientist at the Department of Pathology and Lab. Medicine, UCLA. He also holds the position as head of the laboratory at the Institute of Physics Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan.
My research interests are protein-dynamics-structure relationship, protein-ligand and protein-protein interactions. I have employed the methods that include steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy, site-directed spin labeling with EPR, site-directed tryptophan fluorescence, and circular dichroism.