Dr. Rawdon is a knot theorist with specific interest in understanding
knotting in physical systems. He is currently focusing on knotting
in open arcs, like those found in knotted proteins.
1992-1997 The University of Iowa, Mathematics PhD, August 1997
Thesis advisor: Jonathan Simon
Dissertation title: Thickness of Polygonal Knots
1988-1992 St. Olaf College, Mathematics, BA, May 1992
Awards and Distinctions
National Science Foundation Grant, RUI: Theory and simulations of
knotting in physical and biological systems ranging from proteins to
glueballs, DMS #1115722 (2011-2014).
National Science Foundation Grant, RUI: Structure of Entanglement in Macromolecules, DMS #0810415 (2008-2011).
Distinguished Faculty Mentor of Undergraduate Mathematics Students Award, Allegheny Mountain Section of the MAA (2006)
Physical knot theory, polymers, knotted proteins, random knots,
tight knots, ropelength, knotting in physical systems.