Physics and Optical Science

Thomas Suleski Ph.D.

Diffractive optics and refractive micro-optics; Fabrication and integration methods for micro/nano-optics and microsystems; Nanoreplication and nanomanufacturing; Free form micromachining; Biomimetic photonics; Applications of micro/nano structures for optical sensors, solar energy, bio-photonics, directed energy, and computational imaging.

Irina Nesmelova Ph.D.

Structural biophysics. We are particularly interested in protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions and how they are linked to disease. We use primarily NMR spectroscopy, but also CD spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and MD simulations. Ultimately, the conclusions are tested in biological assays.

Yuri Nesmelov Ph.D.

Biological molecular motors. We study myosin, the protein responsible for force generation in muscle. We combine protein mutagenesis, labeling, and electron paramagnetic resonance and transient time-resolved fluorescence resonance energy transfer to explore myosin functional dynamics on molecular and submolecular level.

Tsinghua Her Ph.D.

Resonance in nano systems; photophysics of low-dimensional systems; ultrasensitive detection of nanoscale and quantum systems; nonlinear and ultrafast optics and spectroscopy; nano-plasmonics; optical metamaterials; applications of the above endeavors in energy, biomedical, optoelectronics.