Sharonda LeBlanc​Sharonda recently defended her Ph.D. dissertation, entitiled: "Electric field dependent spectroscopy of single nanocrystal systems" in front of a packed audience. She completed the work under the supervision of Dr. Patrick Moyer (Physics and Optical Science) and Dr. Marcus Jones (Chemistry) and will soon be starting a postdoctoral position with Dr. Gloria Elliot (Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science) at UNC Charlotte.

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Journal of Biotechnology & Bio-materials Editorial


Juan L Vivero-Escoto
Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
The Center for Biomedical Engineering and Science, University of North Carolina at Charlotte 

 Protein therapeutics holds significant promise for improving human health [1,2]. Our organism contains thousands of proteins, which perform essential functions in growth, development and metabolism regulation. Many diseases arise from the alterations in the functions of intracellular proteins [1]. Therefore, the administration of therapeutic proteins has shown great potential in the treatment of many diseases, including cancer and diabetes. Protein therapeutics has emerged since the 1980s and represents currently a significant part of biopharmaceuticals [2]. For example, Lantus®, an engineered protein (insulin) was one of the top ten selling biopharmaceuticals in 2009 [1]. Moreover, protein drugs with much better therapeutic performance are developed every year. The pharmaceutical research and manufacturers of...

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Nanoscale Science - Faculty in Focus

Our research is focused towards unraveling the physical processes that link NC states with the surrounding medium. We will use time-resolved laser spectroscopies and develop computational modeling techniques to build a comprehensive dynamical picture of these materials. While there has been significant research on the intrinsic properties of NCs, there has been much less work done to understand how these properties might be combined in an extended structure. The specific techniques we will use (based around time-resolved photoluminescence measurements) coupled with new models of electron transfer processes in nanocrystals should be able to offer significant new insights into these problem.