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Dr. Landry moves to UC Berkeley


Alumna Markita Landry has accepted a faculty position with UC Berkeley. She joins UC Berkeley from the department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a NSF Postdoctoral Research fellow.  She received a B.S. in Chemistry, and a B.A. in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. under the guidance of Dr. Yann Chemla in Chemical Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Additionally, she has held an interim research position at the center for nanobiosciences at Osaka University.

Her current research centers on the development of optical sensors using nanoparticle-polymer composites. In future work, she would like to focus her research on the collaborative potential between the fields of single-molecule biophysics and nanomaterials research to develop new diagnostic and sensing tools, and applications of nanotechnology to plant engineering. She was a recipient of the NSF graduate research fellowship, the NSF postdoctoral research fellowship, and is a recent recipient of early career awards from the NARSAD foundation and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

1/13/2014 Taekjip Ha

We have just launched the CPLC 10K Pilot Program . In this program, a student/postdoc in a CPLC lab has to team up with another student/postdoc from a non-CPLC UIUC lab to write a joint one page proposal to request funds up to $10,000 in order to seed a new project. The first competition drew 18 applications representing 16 non-CPLC labs and 9 CPLC-labs.10 finalists were invited to give 10 minutes talks at a special symposium. The titles of 5 winning proposals are below. If the outcome is judged successful, we will continue to run this competition annually.



Computational prediction of in vivo G-quadruplex folding

Quantifying the kinetics of intracellular TF diffusion using precision microfluidics                               

Nuclear speckle dynamics with super-resolution imaging

Developing small and stable NIR quantum dots for synaptic receptor imaging on live neurons    

Evaluation of the influence of mechanical tension in cell fate for living cells in 3D in vitro microenvironments