How does living matter organize, synchronize, and coordinate its fundamental quantum constituents across many orders of magnitude in the spatiotemporal scale? The Quantum Biology Lab seeks to understand phonon, exciton, polariton, and plasmon correlations in biomolecular environments that have implications for biological structure and function. Our research pushes at the boundaries of conventional dogmas in the life sciences, and in the application of physics to biosystems, to uncover new insights with the potential for biomedical impact. Perhaps we will ultimately elucidate the foundational question: What is life?
Electrodynamic Synchronization of Biomolecular Behavior
Out-of-equilibrium dynamics generate giant collective dipoles in biosystems and their aqueous environments, producing nonlinear amplification cascades through the terahertz region and beyond.
Terahertz spectroscopy of out-of-equilibrium biosystems
Superradiant Effects in Biological Architectures of Two-Level Chromophores
Is there a quantum optical superhighway in the cell? Hierarchical structuring of aromatic networks at multiple scales exhibits unique signatures of superradiance that may be exploited for energy transport, biosensing, and spectrophotometric detection capability.
Development of Fast Detectors for the Novel Coronavirus
Entanglement and Plasmonic Allostery in Complex Protein and DNA Systems
The tantalizing possibility that enzymes may use quantum electronic correlations to synchronize ultrafast catalytic processes in the transition state opens new vistas for the quantum information processing capacity of living matter.
Nonlinear spectroscopies and nondegenerate multi-wave mixing experiments