• Protein-Folding and Aggregation

    The study of amyloid structure and growth has been motivated by their implication in many human diseases. There are more than 20 diseases associated with excessive deposits of amyloid plaques in the affected tissue or organ including Alzheimer's disease (AD), Parkinson's disease (PD), type II diabetes, and spongiform encephalopathies. 

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  • Single-Molecule Measurements

    We are developing new approaches to single molecule measurements to enhance our ability to extract useful information from them. Innovations include data acquisition and instrument automation, incorporation of microfluidics, development of new labeling methods, and investigation of various immobilization schemes.

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  • Advanced Data Analysis

    We are using information theory and hidden Markov models to improve the design and interpretation of single molecule fluorescence measurements.

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CHEM 120: General Chemistry I

The combination of laboratory and lecture in this course prepares science majors for their future courses by teaching them the foundations of chemistry.

CHEM 540: Chemical Thermodynamics

We take a probability-based approach to the two laws of thermodynamics to understand the molecular basis of the properties of matter including solubility, surface tension, phase separation, elasticity, ligand binding curves, cooperativity, protein folding, and more.

CHEM 100: Introduction to Chemistry

This Gen. Ed. lab science course is designed to introduce non-science majors to the fundamentals of chemistry and how it impacts our world.

CHEM 347: Biophysical Chemistry

This second semester of physical chemistry is intended to teach biochemistry majors aspect of physical chemistry applicable to biological systems. 

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