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

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!
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!