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About Us

Welcome to the Markelz Lab!  We are studying biomolecular dynamics and collective excitations in optical and electronic materials using a variety of tools.  The overlaping technology for these diverse topics is terahertz spectroscopy.  In particular we use terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) to measure protein intramolecular vibrations, solvent dielectric response, crystal phonons and electronic excitations in novel materials. Terahertz light is uniquely suited to the study of these systems.  In addition to the experimental work, we use molecular dynamics simulations to explore the role of structrual dynamics in protein function.

Open Postdoc Position!!!

We seeking an exceptional post doctoral researcher in terahertz biomolecular optics.  Our team has developed unique expertise in measuring biomolecular structural dynamics using terahertz light. We are studying how these dynamics influence energy transfer in photosynthesis proteins as well as enzyme catalysis.  We are funded by the NSF, DOE and NIH. Our ideal candidate has experience in nonlinear optics (not necessarily THz) and protein expression and purification, however we are eager to find highly qualified and motivated candidates with the passion to learn the skills needed to develop this emerging field.


-PhD in experimental physics, biophysics, structural biology, chemistry or biochemistry

-Record of publications in refereed scientific journals

-Excellent writing and speaking communication skills in English

-Demonstrated background in optical innovation and state of the art techniques

-Strong desire to understand connection between biomolecular structural dynamics and function


Activities over the years have been supported by the National Science Foundation, the American Chemical Society, the Office of Army Research, Department of Energy, NIH and the Research Corporation.