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Dr. Timo Budarz

Professor, Physics

(434) 592-3388


  • Ph.D., Purdue University


Dr. Timo Budarz serves as professor of physics and cycling coach at Liberty University. He has worked as a college professor, vehicle dynamics consultant, software developer and automotive journalist in the years since college.  He is fascinated with life, nature, and the science behind everything from dynamics of proteins to sports performance.  Beyond work, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing classical guitar and piano, riding and racing his bicycle, and working on home improvements.

Courses Taught

  • Physical Science 121:  Introduction to Astronomy
  • Physics 101:  Elements of Physics
  • Physics 231:University Physics I
  • Physics 232:University Physics II
  • Physics 320:  Thermodynamics

Publications and Presentations:

  • Astronomy Laboratory Manual, Budarz, T.E.; Horenstein, D.; Open-Source and hosted at GeoGebra.  org; 2018.
  • Classical Mechanics with Numerical Methods; Budarz, T.E.; Open-Source and hosted at GeoGebra.org; 2017.  Link: https://ggbm.at/Pm2swWKn
  • Modern Physics with Numerical Methods; Budarz, T.E.; Open-Source and hosted at GeoGebra.org; 2018.  Link: https://ggbm.at/nyssufjx
  • Dynamical transition in proteins and non-Gaussian behavior of low-frequency modes in self-consistent normal mode analysis, Guo, J.; Budarz, T.E.; Ward, J.M.; Prohofsky, W.E.; Physical Review E; 2010; 82(4 Pt 1)041917.
  • Vibrational spectroscopy and normal-mode analysis of Fe(II)Octaethylporphyrin , Starovoitova, V.; Budarz, T.E.; Wyllie, G.R.A.; Scheidt, W.R.; Sturhahn, W.; Alp, E.E.; Prohofsky, E.W.; Durbin, S.M.; J. Phys. Chem. B.; 2006; 110(26); 13277-13282.
  • Investigation of temperature dependence of vibrational modes in a heme protein model compound using a self-consistent harmonic approximation, Budarz, T.E.; Purdue University Thesis; 2005.
  • Determination of the Complete Set of Iron Normal Modes in the Heme Model Compound FeIII(OEP)Cl from Nuclear Resonance Vibrational Spectroscopic Data, Budarz, T.E.; Prohofsky, E.W.; Durbin, S.M.; Sjodin, T.; Sage, J.T.; Sturhahn, W.; Alp, E.E.; J. Phys. Chem. B.; 2003; 107(40); 11170-11177.
  • Investigation of Vibrational Pathways to Allosteric Transitions in Heme Proteins, Presentation at Purdue University Biophysics Symposium 2003.
  • Determination of Fe Vibrational Spectrum in Fe(OEP)Cl from Normal Mode Analysis of x-ray Nuclear Resonance Data, Presentation at APS March Meeting 2002.

Research Interests

  • Protein dynamics and the hybridization of machine learning
  • Standard methods for solving traditionally vexing problems in biological physics and other areas.
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