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

08/02/2017: 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!
06/30/2017: Former undergrad Mattie Renn moves to New York City to attend Columbia University Medical School. We wish her all the best!!
06/12/2017: Former post-doc Dr. Nishant Sule starts his new job as a Senior Computational Engineer at Harvard Institute of Applied Computational Science. 
06/10/2017: Prof. Scherer at Spring Commencement introduces Prof. Shaul Mukamel, who is granted the Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Chicago.
06/10/2017: Grad student Pat Figliozzi also attends commencement!
06/05/2017: Former post-doc Dr. Shiladitya Banerjee's paper, Biphasic growth dynamics during Caulobacter crescentus division, is accepted to Nature Microbiology!
06/08/2017: Grad student Pat Figliozzi successfully defends his dissertation "Properties and Dynamics of Driven Optical Matter". Great job Dr. Pat! 
06/01/2017: 1st Year undergraduate student Theresa Haunold joins the lab for summer and onwards. Welcome!