Quantum coherence between fluorescent proteins (FPs) at physiological temperature was thought to be impossible because of rapid vibrational decoherence and structural limitation in close proximity. However, surprisingly, it has been observed that two fluorophores in a yellow fluorescent protein VenusA206 homodimer behave coherently under physiological conditions (Biophysical Journal 116, 1918 (2019). This result suggests the hypothesis that these fluorophores have unique photo-physical behaviors that might complicate experimental interpretation but may be exploited to enable quantum computation at room temperature. Thus, a better understanding of FP photo-physics is warranted. This project aims to characterize room temperature coherent interactions between fluorescent proteins.
This is a three-year project commencing in October 2020.
Entry requirements: Applicants are expected to hold a first or upper-second class degree (or equivalent overseas qualification), or a lower second plus a good Masters degree (distinction normally required). The ideal candidates may have a background in optics, physics and/or molecular biology. IELTS requirements: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6 in each individual category.
How to apply: Applications should be made through the PhD Biosciences and Medicine course page: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/biosciences-and-medicine-phd. Please state the studentship title and supervisor on your application. 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.