Research Focus

Research in the Scherer group addresses a broad range of questions in three areas: function and transport in cellular biophysics, dynamics and excitations in driven nonequilibrium spatially-confined dense colloidal fluids, and optical trapping to assemble nano-plasmonic materials to realize long range coherence. The research is problem-oriented so that a wide range of proven and new experimental methods are applied or developed. Depending on the system and problem the measurements may be with femtosecond time resolution or the processes may take days. Each experimental problem has a corresponding theory component; some of this is done within the group but much is done with collaborators at the University of Chicago or at Argonne National Laboratory. Each student and postdoctoral is formally or informally co-mentored with a collaborator; several group members are formally jointly appointed with other research groups. The collaborative aspect of the research includes weekly sub-group meetings in each of the three areas (including faculty collaborators) for the discussion of experimental and theoretical ideas and progress on research. 

Recent Lab Happenings

08/24/2018: Post-doc Dr. Delphine Coursault leaves the group to join the faculty at University of Bourdeaux as an Assistant Professor!
07/31/2018: Post-doc Dr. Itay Gdor leaves to start his new job as a scientist in Israel!
07/01/2018: REU visiting undergraduate Emma Simmerman joins us from UC Boulder for the summer! Welcome!
07/01/2018: 1st year graduate student Elizabeth White officially joins as a joint student with the Dinner Lab!! Welcome!
06/25/2018: High School student Ruxandra Nicole joins as for the summer from the Lab Schools to work on microtubule analysis!
06/01/2018: 3rd year graduate student Curtis Peterson is named a 2018-2019 MRSEC Fellow!
04/24/2018: 2nd year graduate student Hannah Yi is awarded a 2018 Wayne C. Booth Graduate Teaching Prize from The College!
03/01/2018: Biophysics 1st year graduate student Elizabeth White joins the lab for a rotation.
12/26/2017: Lab members Dr. Yuval Yifat, Dr. Xiaolei Wang, Dr. Itay Gdor, and John Parker visit sunny San Francisco to present talks at the SPIE conference!
12/15/2017: Prof. Scherer is voted runner-up for 'Most Woke' at the Annual Department Holiday Party!
12/01/2017: Undergraduate Student Grace Liu joins the lab as a visiting student this quarter.
11/10/2017: Grad Student Dr. Patrick Figliozzi leaves the lab to start his new job as a junior data scientist at Allstate!
11/03/2017: Post-doc Dr. Matthew Daddysman leaves the lab to start his new job as a field application scientist at BioTek Instruments!!
09/29/2017: Post-docs Nishant Sule and Yuval Yifat's paper on optical binding of dimers is accepted to Nano Letters!!
09/18/2017: 2nd Year undergraduate student Carolina Yu joins the Scherer lab for the new academic year. Welcome!
08/21/2017: Post-docs Dr. Matthew Daddysman and Dr. Itay Gdor win 1st place for the best homemade eclipse viewer at the PSD Solar Eclipse Viewing Party!
08/02/2017: Prof. Scherer and collaborator Prof. Aaron Dinner are interviewed by the UChicago Chemiststs Club about their work on the Caulobacter crescentus division paper.
07/28/2017: Former post-doc Dr. Ying Bao leaves the lab to start her new job as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Western Washington University!