Ultrafast excited-state dynamics of photo-excited fluorophores
This project aims to characterize excited-state ultrafast dynamics of photo-excited fluorophores that is required to reveal the underlying physics by which fluorescent proteins enable quantum behaviours under physiological conditions.
Start date1 October 2020
Funding sourceLeverhulme Trust and University of Surrey
The studentship fully covers all academic fees with a stipend of £15,285 per annum for UK/EU students.
Funding for future years will be subjected to the UKRI increase
It has been observed that homodimers of the yellow fluorescent protein VenusA206 behave coherently at room temperature (Biophysical Journal 116, 1918 (2019)). These results support the hypothesis that fluorescent proteins have evolved mechanisms to prolong quantum coherence under physiological conditions. Thus, a better understanding of fluorescent protein photo-physics is warranted. This project aims to characterize excited-state ultrafast dynamics of photo-excited fluorophores that is required to reveal the underlying physics by which fluorescent proteins enable quantum behaviors under physiological conditions. This experimental approach in combination with theoretical analysis may shed light on how nature can maintain quantum coherence under physiological conditions.
Related linksLeverhulme Quantum Biology Doctoral Training Centre (QB-DTC) Jeremy Allam Ravi Silva
The ideal candidates may have background in optics, physics and/or molecular biology.
UK and EU students only will be funded, overseas students will need to source their own funding.
English language requirements: IELTS overall score of 6.5 or above with a minimum of 6.0 in each component (or equivalent).
How to apply
To apply for this studentship:
- Firstly apply for the Quantum Biology PhD.
- During your application, please mention your desire to apply to this studentship in order to be considered.
- When the system asks you to add your ‘Research Project’ please copy and paste the project description of the project you wish to apply for.