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Landes Research Group
Rice University
6100 Main Street MS-60
Houston, TX 77005
Christy's Office: Dell Butcher 352
Student Office: Dell Butcher 133
Lab: Dell Butcher 130
Lab Phone: 713-348-4437

Phone: 713-348-4232
Fax: 713-348-5155

Welcome to the Landes Research Group


The Landes Research Group uses single molecule spectroscopy to study dynamic heterogeneity and its role in biological and synthetic materials function.

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Research Summary

As experimental physical chemists, the overall goal of our research is to understand the frequently complex structure-function relationships in biological systems and to use this information to inspire innovation in biomimetic materials design.

Innate benchmarks in materials engineering include cost, efficiency, and longevity. As our experimental and theoretical ability to observe nature’s molecular-scale methods have improved, we begin to understand that one reason nature can be so successful is that her design strategy differs from ours. Whereas humans usually design materials with a single, well-defined function, nature often acts through redundant or degenerate channels that are singly not as efficient, but collectively, and in the face of damage or wear, outperform their synthetic cousins.

Our central question is: Can we take cues from the structure-function interplay and use of cooperative pathways in nature’s biomolecular processes to inform design principles for tailoring functional materials applications? The pursuit of answers to this question presents challenges for theory, measurement, and data interpretation.

Three specific objectives related to our overall goal are:

1)         Identify and understand biological benchmarks for heterogeneous structure-function relationships

2)         Identify and understand evidence for heterogeneous structure-function relationships in synthetic systems

3)         Exploit signal processing and information theoretical tools to develop analytical algorithms optimized for understanding heterogeneous structure-function relationships in single molecule and single particle spectroscopy

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Landes Lab Award Winning Presentations at SCI Colloquium08/07/2015 - The Landes Lab had multiple award winners at the first annual Rice SCI Research Colloquium. Congratulations to Chad Byers for winning the Peoples Choice Award for his research talk and to Hao Shen for his award winning poster!  »
04/16/2015 - Congratulations to new Dr. David "D.R." Cooper for passing his thesis defense! The Landes Lab looks forward to following David's next step as an assistant professor at Southwestern University.  »
Congratulations Dr. Lydia Kisley!04/14/2015 - Lydia Kisley passed her thesis defense and is now Dr. Lydia Kisley! Congratulations Lydia!  »
New Group Member!11/06/2014 - The Landes Lab is happy to welcome Sudeshna Chatterjee!
08/08/2014 - The Landes Lab once again showed up in full force at the Annual RQI Symposium with multiple people giving talks and poster presentations with two of our group members, Bo and Rachel, winning prizes for their work.  »
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