MIT Chemistry Directory

Gabriela S Schlau-Cohen

Assistant Professor

Research in the Schlau-Cohen group uses single-molecule and ultrafast spectroscopies to explore the energetic and structural dynamics of biological systems. There are two major research thrusts. The first is developing new methodology to measure dynamics on single proteins, which will be a tool to connect sub-nanosecond and second dynamics. The second is merging optical spectroscopy with model membrane systems to provide a novel probe of how biological processes extend beyond the nanometer scale of individual proteins.

We use these approaches to explore the underlying mechanisms of photosynthetic light harvesting. Photosynthetic organisms convert absorbed sunlight to electricity with a remarkable near unity quantum efficiency. This is achieved by transporting energy through a network of proteins to reach a central location. How the molecular machinery is designed to produce this efficient and directional energy flow remains mysterious. Our experiments probe both the heterogeneity of the individual proteins and how they are wired together to produce efficient and adaptive systems.

Contact Information

t: 6172531478
e: GSSC@MIT.EDU

Office

6-225

Education

B.Sc. 2003, BROWN UNIVERSITY
Ph.D. 2011, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-BERKELEY

Administrative Assistant

Peter Giunta

Email: pgiunta@mit.edu

Tel: (617) 253-2457

Room 6-215
77 Massachusetts Ave.