We are driven to understand how molecules interact to control biological function.


How do we accomplish this mission? (or what you can learn in our group)

  • Fluorescence imaging to quantitate molecular distributions
  • Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy to measure molecular dynamics
  • Dynamic holographic optical trapping to manipulate molecules in three dimensions and in real time
  • Molecular biology to create and express fluorescent protein constructs
  • Biochemistry to purify and label biomolecules
  • Cell biology to assess functional activities
  • Biomimetic membranes to model lipid and protein interactions
  • Teamwork
  • Independence
  • Experimental design and analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Oral communication skills: posters and talks
  • Scientific writing: papers and proposals