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Greg Thurber wins a NSF CAREER Award

Greg Thurber has won a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. | Short Read

Greg Thurber has won a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The objective of this award is to molecularly engineer stabilized alpha helices for generating efficient molecular imaging agents and intracellular therapeutics against currently undruggable targets. These molecules have unique properties blending classic small molecule drugs and larger biologics. The project will  quantify the relationship between the physicochemical properties of the helices and the cellular and in vivo distribution of these molecules. Unique binders with high affinity and stability will be screened using a novel cell surface display technique to develop new therapeutics and imaging agents.

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The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities

Rather than installing new “2D” semiconductors in devices to see what they can do, this new method puts them through their paces with lasers and light detectors. | Medium Read