Troy C. Messina

Associate Professor of Physics and Biophysics (since 2007)
Gus S. Wortham Chair of Engineering (since 2008)
University of Texas at Austin, B.S.,1996; M.A., 1999, Ph.D., 2002


curriculum vitae

Contact Information


Research Project Flavors

Centenary students: Contact me in person or by email if you want to work in my lab!

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor of Physics, Centenary College of Louisiana, 2007-present
  • NIH NRSA Ruth L. Kirschstein Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rutgers University, 2003-2007
  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Physics, Princeton University, 2003
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Texas at Austin, Department of Physics, 1995-2002
  • Semiconductor Research Intern, International 300 mm Initiative/International Sematech, Austin, TX, 1997-2000
  • Contract Scientist, Xidex Corporation, Austin, TX, 1999-2000

Personal Interests

Recent Highlight

  • July 2013: A paper co-authored by Centenary alum, Harry Chiang, former Centenary professor, Cynthia Brame, and LSU-HSC professor, Lucy Robinson has been accepted for publication in Biochemistry and Molecular Biolody Education. The paper is titled "Molecular Modeling in the ClassroomMolecular Mechanics and Dynamics Characterization of an In Silico Mutated Protein: A Stand-Alone Lab Module or Support Activity for In Vivo and In Vitro Analyses of Targeted Proteins". Supplemental information can be found here.
  • Past and Present Students
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    Paige Pritchett at ACS (New Orleans) 2013
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    Matt Blam at ACS (Anaheim) 2011
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    Francis Pettito at the Protein Society (Stockholm) 2011
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    Brandi Candler at SPS (Centenary) 2011
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    Jessica Garza at ACS (Salt Lake) 2009
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    James Nolan at SPS (Rhodes) 2008
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    Roland Womack & Richard Lopez at SPS (Rhodes) 2008
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    Marco Reyes in the lab 2008

Recent Publications

  1. A. Otto, G. Q. Butcher, and T. C. Messina, "Design plans for an inexpensive tail flick analgesia meter," submitted to Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (JUNE) Fall 2011.

  2. C. W. Miller, M. D. Chabot, T. C. Messina, "A Student's Guide to Literature Searching Using Online Databases," Am. J. Phys. 77 (2009).

  3. T. C. Messina and D. S. Talaga, "Free energy landscapes remodeled by ligand binding," Biophys. J. 93 579-585 (2007).

  4. T. C. Messina, C. W. Miller, and J. T. Markert, "Observation of steric quenching of the switchable mirror effect in Y1-zSczHx," Phys. Rev. B 75 104109-10411 (2007).

  5. T. C. Messina, H. Kim, J. T. Giurleo, D. S. Talaga, "Hidden Markov Model Analysis of Multichromophore Photobleaching," J. Phys. Chem. B 110, 16366-16376 (2006).