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.
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.
Entry requirements: The ideal candidates may have background in optics, physics and/or molecular biology. IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6.0 in each band.
How to apply: Applications should be sent through the Biosciences and Medicine PhD course page: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/biosciences-and-medicine-phd. Please clearly 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.
All University academic fees are covered with a stipend of £15,285 per annum for UK/EU citizens. Overseas students are welcome to apply but will need to source their own funding.