Group Mission Statement

We pursue study the dynamics of soft materials and biological systems using single molecule techniques. Recent work has focused on extending the field of single polymer dynamics to new materials, developing new methods to trap and manipulate single molecules and particles, and improving understanding of gene editing mechanisms. Learn more.

Recent News

– Shivani has successfully passed the Quantitative Qualification Exam in ChBE. Congrats to Shivani!

– Luke was awarded second place for his talk, "Direct observation of TALE search dynamics reveals a novel helical zip-line mechanism," at the Center for the Physics of Living Cells (CPLC) and the Biophysics Program's 12th Semi-Annual Student/Postdoc Symposium. Congrats to Luke!

– Danielle was selected to receive an Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the Lam Research Corporation. Congratulations Danielle! Read more.

– Danielle was awarded first place for her talk on "Single Molecule Dynamics of Branched DNA Polymers" in the 14th Annual ChBE Graduate Research Symposium. Congrats to Danielle! Read more.

Genome-editing proteins seek and find with a slide and a hop

– Luke and Zhanar's recent work has been featured by Engineering at Illinois and BTN LiveBIG on the Big Ten Network!

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Recent Publications

Fluorescent Nanoconjugate Derivatives with Enhanced Photostability for Single Molecule Imaging

Our recent manuscript entitled "Fluorescent Nanoconjugate Derivatives with Enhanced Photostability for Single Molecule Imaging" has been published in Analytical Chemistry. Congrats to Dan!

When Ends Meet: Circular DNA Stretches Differently in Elongational Flows

Our recent manuscript entitled "When Ends Meet: Circular DNA Stretches Differently in Elongational Flows" has been published in Macromolecules. Congrats to Kai-Wen and Chris!

Direct Observation of TALE Protein Dynamics Reveals a Two-State Search Mechanism

Our recent manuscript entitled "Direct Observation of TALE Protein Dynamics Reveals a Two-State Search Mechanism" has been published in Nature Communications. Congrats to Luke!

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