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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

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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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News

03/21/2014 - CHRISTY GOT TENURE!!!  This past Friday, Christy was officially informed she would receive tenure at Rice.  We here in the Landes group are, of course, thrilled with the news and want to offer our sincerest congratulations to Christy for this wonderful opportunity.
03/20/2014 - As spring rolls upon us, we have received some exciting new regarding two former graduate students, Carmen Reznik and Charlisa Daniels. See full story for details.  »
03/14/2014 - Our friend and colleague Jixin has decided to accept an offer from Ohio University to be an Assistant Professor.  While we will miss him here at Rice we are happy that he was able to find such a great position and wish him all the luck as he begins his new job.
02/26/2014 - This past Friday, Chad Byers participated in Rice's 90-second thesis contest.  He delivered a stunning performance and came away with the prize for best subject in the Natural Sciences division. Congratulations Chad on your victory.
01/22/2014 - This past week Rice did a feature on our work using single molecule fluorescence to understand ion exchange chromatography. Check it out here.
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