Quantum Biology
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Quantum mechanics has enabled incredible advances in technology. Quantum effects are usually observed at extremely small scales (nm and under) and at low temperatures. However, there is growing evidence to support the existence of these occurrences even in the biological realm, which is usually associated with ambient temperatures, and larger scales - for example, single cells (microns), virus particles (tens of nm), and proteins (nm).

In our lab, we investigate multiple avenues of research to further explore quantum effects in photosynthesis. In vitro studies on the mechanism of energy transfer in photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes combined with in vivo experiments on live photosynthetic organisms, in the lab and in the field. Understandings from this research are transformed into new applied concept and devices.