Our group is in the department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. We are a team of highly interdisciplinary scientists working at the intersection of nanomaterials research, single-molecule studies, and their application to the study of life.
Life takes on unique characteristics at the nano-scale. We are accustomed to making observations and predictions for the behavior of living systems on a scale that is intuitive for the time and size scales of our day-to-day lives. For centuries, scientific advancements have been on a size-scale that is familiar to us: distances in meters, times in seconds, masses in kilograms, and volumes in liters. However, the building blocks of life: proteins, nucleic acids, cells, all live at a very different scale. When we zoom into life down to the molecular level, the scales used to describe distances, times, masses, and volumes shrink to a level that is not intuitive to one accustomed to living life at the macro-scale. Our lab focuses on understanding and exploiting nanomaterials to access information about biological systems stored at the nano-scale.