Senior Biophysicist Emeritus
Brookhaven National Laboratory - Past Employee
Currently at: East Carolina University
Interim Dean of the Harriott College of Arts and Sciences
Adjunct Appointment: Stony Brook University
Past BNL Research Interests
John Sutherland uses optical and other physical methods to study the structure,
function and dynamics of DNA, proteins and other biological materials. He developed
theory and electronic imaging systems for quantifying DNA damage by gel electrophoresis
and the method-of-moments, and participated in studies of the damage induced by UV
in DNA in human skin and plants in situ, the repair of this damage, and the environmental
implications of depletion of stratospheric ozone. Similar approaches are being used to
quantify DNA damage induced by ionizing radiations. He received an R&D-100 award for
invention of the first system for quantitative imaging of fluorescence from fluorophore
labeled DNA in electrophoretic gels with a CCD camera.
He pioneered the use of synchrotron radiation for the measurement of circular dichroism and
time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy in the ultraviolet/visible spectral regions. He
received a R&D-100 award for invention of the Fluorescence Omnylizer, a single-photon
counting detector that simultaneously records the time-delay, wavelength and polarization
of each detected photon. He also participated in the design and construction of beamline
X13A at the NSLS that measures circular dichroism of soft X-ray using phase-sensitive detection.
Current interests include free-electron lasers and other next
generation accelerator-based light sources as probes of biomolecular structure and dynamics.
Miles A.J., Janes R.W., Brown A., Clarke D.T., Sutherland J.C., Tao Y., Wallace B.A. and Hoffmann S.V.
Light flux density threshold at which protein denaturation is induced by synchrotron radiation circular dichroism beamlines.
Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 15(Pt 4):420-422 (2008).
Sutherland J.C. and Wallace B.A.
BioCD-2008 Synchrotron Radiation Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy of Proteins and Nucleic Acids.
Synchrotron Radiation News 21: 10 (November, 2008).
Sutherland B.M., Bennett P.V. and Sutherland J.C.
DNA damage quantitation by alkaline gel electrophoresis.
Methods Mol Biol, 314:251-73 (2006).
Repair dependent radiation survival: a stochastic model with Euler gamma function solutions.
Physics in Medicine and Biology, 51:4883-4901 (2006).
Synchrotron Radiation News, 18(6):29 (2005).
Filippova E.M., Monteleone D.C., Trunk J.G., Sutherland B.M., Quake S.R. and Sutherland J.C.
Quantifying Damage to Double Stranded DNA by Single Molecule Laser Fluorescence Sizing.
Biophysical, 84:1281-1290 (2003).
Praissman J.L. and Sutherland J.C.
Laboratory Voice Data Entry System, in BioComputing: computer tools for Biologists.
S.M. Brown, Editor. Eaton Publishing: Westborough, MA., 493-502 (2003).
Sutherland B.M., Georgakilas A.G., Bennett P.V., Laval J. and Sutherland J.C.
Quantifying Clustered DNA Damage Induction and Repair by Gel Electrophoresis, Electronic Imaging and Number Average Length Analysis.
Mutation Research, 531(1-2):93-107 (2003).
Sutherland B.M., Bennett P.V., Georgakilas A.G. and Sutherland J.C.
Evaluation of Number Average length Analysis in Quantifying Double Strand Breaks in Genomic DNAs.
Biochemistry, 42(11):3375-3384 (2003).
Sutherland B.M., Bennett P.V., Sutherland J.C. and Laval J.
Clustered DNA damages induced by X-rays in human cells.
Radiation Research, 156:611-616 (2002).
Sutherland B.M., Hacham H., Bennett P., Sutherland J.C., Moran M. and Gange R.W.
Repair of cyclobutyl pyrimidine dimers in human skin: variability among normal humans in nucleotide excision and in photorepair.
Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed, 18:109-116 (2002).
Sutherland B.M., Cintron-Torres N., Bennett P.V., Hada M., Schenk H., Trunk J.G., Monteleone D.C., Sutherland J.C., Laval J., Stanislaus M. and Gewirtz A.
Clustered DNA damages induced in human hematopoietic cells by low doses of ionizing radiation.
Journal of Radiation Research, 43:S149-S152 (2002).
2002 X-ray Sources for Studies of Ultrafast Processes.
Synchrotron Radiation News, 15(5):12-13 (2002).
Biological Effects of Polychromatic Light.
Photochemistry and Photobiology, 76:164-170 (2002).
Simultaneous measurement of circular dichroism and fluorescence polarization anisotropy.
In: Cohn GE, editor. Proceedings of SPIE, 4625:126-136 (2002).
Bennett P.V., Hada M., Hidema J., Lepre A.M., Pope L.C., Quaite F.E., Sullivan J.H., Takayanagi S., Sutherland J.C. and Sutherland B.M.
Isolation of High Molecular Length DNA: Alfalfa, Pea, Rice, Sorghum, Soybean and Spinach Crop.
Science, 167-172 (2001).
Sutherland B.M., Bennett P.V., Saparbaev M., Sutherland J.C. and Laval J.
Clustered DNA damages as dosemeters for exposure and biological responses.
Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 97:33-38 (2001).
Sutherland B.M., Bennett P.V., Schenk H., Sidorkina O., Laval J., Trunk J., Monteleone D., and Sutherland J.C.
Clustered DNA damages induced by high and low LET radiation, including heavy ions.
Physica Medica, 17S1:204-206 (2001).
Sutherland J.C., Monteleone D.C. and Trunk J.G.
The Integrating Ion Imager: A Device for Determining Heavy Ion Doses During Irradiations.
Physica Medica, 17S1:139-142 (2001).
Sutherland J.C., Monteleone D.C., Trunk J.G., Bennett P.V. and Sutherland B.M.
Quantifying DNA Damage by Gel Electrophoresis, Electronic Imaging and Number-Average Length Analysis.
Electrophoresis, 22:843-854 (2001).
Dylla H.F., Benson S.V., Neil G.R., Shinn M., Austin R.H. and Sutherland J.C.
Applications of the Jefferson Lab free electron laser for photobiology.
Proceedings of the Society of Photo-Instrumentation Engineers, 3925: 40-49 (2000).
Johnson E.D., Ben-Zvi I., DiMauro L.F., Graves R.N., Heese R.M., Krinsky S., Sutherland J.C., Wang X.J. and Yu L.
Deep ultraviolet free electron laser (DUV-FEL) at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Proceedings of the Society of Photo-Instrumentation Engineers, 3925:26-29 (2000).
Oakberg T.C., Trunk J. and Sutherland J.C.
Calibration of photoelastic modulators in the vacuum UV.
Proceedings of the Society for Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, 4133:101-111 (2000).
Can Free Electron Lasers Answer Critical Questions in Ultraviolet Photobiology?
Proceedings of the Society of Photo-Instrumentation Engineers, 3925:50-59 (2000).