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Dr. Rewa Rai

Visiting Scholar, Feb 2015- Nov 2015
PhD Physical Chemistry; Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India 2015
MS Physical Chemistry; VBS Purvanchal University Jaunpur, India 2004
BS Chemistry; VBS Purvanchal University Jaunpur, India 2002

Project: Ultrafast dynamics of Photoreceptors

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Dr. Peter Kim

BS University of California Berkeley, 2006

Biophysics Graduate Student, 2007-2013

ProjectPhytochromes Photoceptor Dynamics

  • Femtosecond Photodynamics of the Red/Green Cyanobacteriochrome NpR6012g4 from Nostoc punctiforme: 1. Forward Dynamics, Peter W. Kim, Lucy H. Freer, Nathan C. Rockwell, Shelley S. Martin, J. Clark Lagarias, and Delmar S. Larsen, Biochemistry, 51, 608−618 (2012). pdf
  • Femtosecond Photodynamics of the Red/Green Cyanobacteriochrome NpR6012g4 from Nostoc punctiforme: 2. Reverse Dynamics, Peter W. Kim, Lucy H. Freer, Nathan C. Rockwell, Shelley S. Martin, J. Clark Lagarias, and Delmar S. Larsen, Biochemistry, 51, 619−630 (2012). pdf
  • Second-Chance Initiation Dynamics of the Cyanobacterial Photocycle in the NpR6012 GAF4 Domain of Nostoc Punctiforme, Peter W. Kim, Lucy H. Freer, Nathan C. Rockwell, Shelley S. Martin, J. Clark Lagarias, and Delmar S. Larsen, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 134 (1), 130–133 (2012). pdf
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Dr. Sean Gottlieb

BS University of California Davis, 2009

Chemistry Graduate Student, 2009-2014

Project: Phytochromes Photoceptor Dynamics

  • A Flexible LED-based Broadband Transient-Absorption Spectrometer, Sean M. Gottlieb, Scott C. Corley, Dorte Madsen, and Delmar S. Larsen, Review of Scientific Instruments, 83, 056107 (2012). pdf
  • Femtosecond Photodynamics of the Green/Red Photoswitching Regulator of Chromatic Adaptation E Domain from Fremyella Diplosiphon, Sean M. Gottlieb, Peter W. Kim, Nathan C. Rockwell, Yuu Hirose, Masahiko Ikeuchi, J. Clark Lagarias, Delmar S. Larsen, in preparation (2012).
   

Che-Wei Chang

Chemistry Graduate Student, 2012-2015

Project: Phytochromes Photoceptor Dynamics

  • Ultrafast E to Z Photoisomerization Dynamics of the Cph1 Phytochrome, Peter W. Kim, Jie Pan, Nathan C. Rockwell, Che-Wei Chang, Keenan C. Taylor, J. Clark Lagarias, Delmar S. Larsen, Chem. Phys. Letters, 549, 86–92 (2012). pdf
   

Ken Chen

Undergraduate Student Researcher, 2011

Project:

  • Thermodynamic Stability and Charge Recombination Kinetics of Poly(3-hexyl thiophene):Indene-Fullerene Composite Films, Jack Fuzell, Erik Busby, M. Diego Rail, Christopher W. Rochester, Ken Chen, Alan Huang, Louise A. Berben, Adam J. Moulé, and Delmar S. Larsen, submitted (2012).
   

Alan Huang

Undergraduate Student Researcher, 2011

Project:

  • Thermodynamic Stability and Charge Recombination Kinetics of Poly(3-hexyl thiophene):Indene-Fullerene Composite Films, Jack Fuzell, Erik Busby, M. Diego Rail, Christopher W. Rochester, Ken Chen, Alan Huang, Louise A. Berben, Adam J. Moulé, and Delmar S. Larsen, submitted (2012).
   

Michael Ford

Undergraduate Student Researcher, 2011-2012

Project: Organic Photovoltaics

  • Packing Dependent Electronic Coupling in Single Poly(3-hexylthiophene) H- and J-Aggregate Nanofibers, Thomas P. Martin, Adam J. Wise, Erik Busby, Jian Gao, John D. Roehling, Michael J. Ford, Delmar S. Larsen, Adam J. Moulé, John K. Grey, J. Phys. Chem. C, in press (2012). pdf
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Dr. Elizabeth Carroll

Ph.D University of Michigan (Applied Physics) 2007
MS University of Michigan (Optics) 2007
BS Gonzaga University (Physics) 2001 
Postdoctoral research fellow, 2006-2011

Currently: University of California, Berkeley

  • Is the Photoactive Yellow Protein a UV-B/Blue Light Photoreceptor? Elizabeth C. Carroll, Marijke Hospes, Carmen Valladares, Klaas J. Hellingwerf, Delmar S. Larsen, Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 10 (4), 464 - 468 (2011). pdf
  • Sub-Picosecond Excited State Proton Transfer Preceding Isomerization During the Photorecovery of Photoactive Yellow Protein, Elizabeth C. Carroll, Sang-Hun Song, Masato Kumauchi, Ivo H.M. van Stokkum, Askat Jailaubekov, Wouter D. Hoff, and Delmar S. Larsen, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 1, 2793–2799 (2010).pdf
  • Ultrafast Carrier Dynamics in Exfoliated and Functionalized Calcium Niobate Nanosheets in Water and Methanol, Elizabeth Carroll, Owen Compton, Dorte Madsen, Frank Osterloh, Delmar Larsen, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 112, 2394-2403 (2008). pdf
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Dr. Askat Jailaubekov

Ph.D. University of Southern California (Chemistry) 2007
MS Moscow State University, 2000
Postdoctoral research fellow, 2007-2011

Currently: Sr. Scientist at Cymer

  • Deconstructing the Excited-State Dynamics of β-carotene in Solution, Askat E. Jailaubekov, Mikas Vengris, Sang-Hun Song, Toshiyuki Kusumoto, Hideki Hashimoto, Delmar S. Larsen, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2011, 115 (16), pp 3905–3916 (2011). pdf
  • Using Narrowband Excitation to Confirm that the S* State in Carotenoids is not a Vibrationally-Excited Ground State Species, Askat E Jailaubekov, Sang-Hun Song, Mikas Vengris, Richard  J Cogdell, Delmar S. Larsen, Chemical Physics Letters 487 (2010) 101–107 (2010). pdf
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Dr. Sang-Hun Song

Ph.D. University of Regensburg, Germany (Chemistry) 2006
BS Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea (Physics) 2001
MS Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea (Physics) 2003

Current Position: University of Washington

  • Modulating LOV domain photodynamics with a residue alteration outside the chromophore binding site, Sang-Hun Song, Peter L. Freddolino, Abigail I. Nash, Elizabeth C. Carroll, Klaus Schulten, Kevin H. Gardner, Delmar S. Larsen, Biochemistry, 50 (13), pp 2411–2423 (2011). pdf
  • Sub-Picosecond Excited State Proton Transfer Preceding Isomerization During the Photorecovery of Photoactive Yellow Protein, Elizabeth C. Carroll, Sang-Hun Song, Masato Kumauchi, Ivo H.M. van Stokkum, Askat Jailaubekov, Wouter D. Hoff, and Delmar S. Larsen, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 1, 2793–2799 (2010).pdf

 

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Dr. Jie Pan

Ph.D. University of Lund 2004

Current Position: University of Michigan

  • Ultrafast E to Z Photoisomerization Dynamics of the Cph1 Phytochrome, Peter W. Kim, Jie Pan, Nathan C. Rockwell, Che-Wei Chang, Keenan C. Taylor, J. Clark Lagarias, Delmar S. Larsen, Chem. Phys. Letters, 549, 86–92 (2012). pdf

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Dr. Mikas Vengris

Ph.D. Free University of Amsterdam 2005

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2006

Currently: Vilnius University, Lithuania

  • Deconstructing

     

    the Excited-State Dynamics of β-carotene in Solution, Askat E. Jailaubekov, Mikas Vengris, Sang-Hun Song, Toshiyuki Kusumoto, Hideki Hashimoto, Delmar S. Larsen, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2011, 115 (16), pp 3905–3916 (2011). pdf
  • Using Narrowband Excitation to Confirm that the S* State in Carotenoids is not a Vibrationally-Excited Ground State Species, Askat E Jailaubekov, Sang-Hun Song, Mikas Vengris, Richard  J Cogdell, Delmar S. Larsen, Chemical Physics Letters 487 (2010) 101–107 (2010). pdf
  • Excited State Dynamics of Carotenoids in Light Harvesting Complexes: 1. Exploring the Relationship between the S1 and S* States, Emmanouil Papagiannakis, Ivo H.M. van Stokkum, Mikas Vengris, Rienk van Grondelle, Delmar S. Larsen, Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2006 110, 5727-5736 (2006). pdf
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Ph.D. University of Connecticut, Chemistry, 2010

BS University of California, Santa Barbara Biological Science 2001

Current Position: Scientist at Kiverdi

  • Chemical Inhomogeneity in the Ultrafast Dynamics of the DXCF Cyanobacteriochrome Tlr0924, Lucy H. Freer, Peter W. Kim, Scott C. Corley, Nathan C. Rockwell, Lu Zhao, Arthur J. Thibert, J. Clark Lagarias, and Delmar S. Larsen, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 116 (35), 10571–10581 (2012). pdf
  • Substrate and Intensity Dependent Photoenhanced Transamination Reactions of Pyridoxal 5'-Phosphate in Solution, Scott C Corley, Sean M Gottlieb, Delmar S Larsen, Chem. Phys. Letters, 554, 195–200 (2012) pdf
  • A Flexible LED-based Broadband Transient-Absorption Spectrometer, Sean M. Gottlieb, Scott C. Corley, Dorte Madsen, and Delmar S. Larsen, Review of Scientific Instruments, 83, 056107 (2012). pdf
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Dr. Melissa Hill

Ph.D. University of California, Davis, Chemistry 2010

BS St. Edward's University, 2006

Current Position: Vernier Technology

  • Multi-photon Manipulations of Enzymatic Photoactivity in Aspartate Aminotransferase, Melissa P. Hill, Lucy H. Freer, Mai C. Vang, Elizabeth C. Carroll, and Delmar S. Larsen, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 115 (15), pp 4474–4483 (2011). pdf
  • Light-Enhanced Catalysis by Pyridoxal Phosphate Dependent Aspartate Aminotransferase, Melissa P. Hill,Elizabeth C. Carroll, Mai C. Vang, Trevor A. Addington, Michael D. Toney and Delmar S. Larsen, J. AM. CHEM. SOC. 2010, 132 (47), 16953-16961 (2010) pdf
  • Rapid Photodynamics of Vitamin B6 Coenzyme Pyridoxal 5-Phosphate and its Schiff Bases in Solution, Melissa P. Hill, Elizabeth Carroll, Michael Toney, Delmar S. Larsen, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 112 (18), 5867-5873 (2008). pdf
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Dr. Arthur (AJ) Thibert

BS University of Central Florida, Chemistry, 2007

Ph.D. University of California, Davis, Chemistry, 2012

Current Position: United State Air Force Officer (Intelligence)

  • Femtosecond Ligand/Core Dynamics of Microwave Assisted Synthesized Silicon Quantum Dots in Aqueous Solution, Tonya M. Atkins, Arthur Thibert, Delmar S. Larsen, Sanchita Dey, Nigel D. Browning, and Susan M. Kauzlarich, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 133 (51), pp 20664–20667 (2011). pdf
  • Sequestering High-Energy Electrons to Facilitate Photocatalytic Hydrogen Generation in CdSe/CdS Nanocrystals, Arthur Thibert, F. Andrew Frame, Erik Busby, Michael Holmes, Frank E. Osterloh, Delmar S. Larsen, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2011, 2, pp 2688–2694 (2011). pdf
  • Primary Photodynamics of Water Solubilized Two-Dimensional CdSe Nanoribbons, Arthur Thibert, F. Andrew Frame, Erik Busby, Delmar S. Larsen, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 115, 19647–19658 (2011). pdf
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Dr. Erik Busby

BS California State University, Stanislaus, Chemistry, 2008

Ph.D. University of California, Davis, Chemistry 2012

Project: Organic Photovoltaics

  • Ultrafast Exciton Dynamics in Colloidal Aluminum Phosphide Nanocrystals, Erik Busby, Arthur Thibert, Jack Fuzell, Deisy C. Arrington, Ali M. Jawaid, Preston T. Snee, Delmar S. Larsen, Chem. Phys. Letters, in press (2013). pdf
  • Excited-state Self-Trapping and Ground-state Relaxation Dynamics in Poly(3-hexylthiophene) Resolved with Broadband Pump-Dump-Probe Spectroscopy, Erik Busby, Elizabeth C. Carroll, Erin M. Chinn, Lilian Chang, Adam J. Moulé, and Delmar S. Larsen, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters2, 2764–2769 (2011). pdf
  • Acceptor Dependence of the Polaron Recombination in Poly 3-hexyl thiophene:Fullerene Composite Films, Erik Busby, Christopher W. Rochester, Adam J. Moulé, Delmar S. Larsen, Chemical Physics Letters, 513, 77–83 (2011). pdf
   

Sadia Naseem

M.S. University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan, Chemistry, 1996

B.S. Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan, 1993

Researcher, 2010-2012

Project: PYP thermodynamics

  • Photo-isomerization Upshifts the pKa of the Photoactive Yellow Protein Chromophore to Contribute to Photocycle Propagation, Sadia Naseem, Adèle D. Laurent, Elizabeth C. Carroll, Mikas Vengris, Masato Kumauchi, Wouter D. Hoff, Anna I. Krylov, and Delmar S. Larsen, submitted (2012).
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Lucy Freer

Center for Biophotonics (CBST) at UCD Intern, Summer 2008

Biochemistry Undergraduate Research Student, 2008-present

2nd Prize for Best Presentation: Larock Symposium 2009

Current Position: Medical Student at University of Miami

  • Chemical Inhomogeneity in the Ultrafast Dynamics of the DXCF Cyanobacteriochrome Tlr0924, Lucy H. Freer, Peter W. Kim, Scott C. Corley, Nathan C. Rockwell, Lu Zhao, Arthur J. Thibert, J. Clark Lagarias, and Delmar S. Larsen, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 116 (35), 10571–10581 (2012). pdf
  • Femtosecond Photodynamics of the Red/Green Cyanobacteriochrome NpR6012g4 from Nostoc punctiforme: 1. Forward Dynamics, Peter W. Kim, Lucy H. Freer, Nathan C. Rockwell, Shelley S. Martin, J. Clark Lagarias, and Delmar S. Larsen, Biochemistry, 51, 608−618 (2012). pdf
  • Femtosecond Photodynamics of the Red/Green Cyanobacteriochrome NpR6012g4 from Nostoc punctiforme: 2. Reverse Dynamics, Peter W. Kim, Lucy H. Freer, Nathan C. Rockwell, Shelley S. Martin, J. Clark Lagarias, and Delmar S. Larsen, Biochemistry, 51, 619−630 (2012). pdf
  • Second-Chance Initiation Dynamics of the Cyanobacterial Photocycle in the NpR6012 GAF4 Domain of Nostoc Punctiforme, Peter W. Kim, Lucy H. Freer, Nathan C. Rockwell, Shelley S. Martin, J. Clark Lagarias, and Delmar S. Larsen, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 134 (1), 130–133 (2012). pdf

 

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Robert Pullman

Biochemistry Undergraduate Research Student, 2009-2010

Project Photoceptors FRET Study Modeling

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Vanna Vang

Center for Biophotonics (CBST) at UCD Intern, Summer 2009

Biochemistry Undergraduate Research Student, 2008-2010

ProjectVitamin B6 Enzymes

  • Light-Enhanced Catalysis by Pyridoxal Phosphate Dependent Aspartate Aminotransferase, Melissa P. Hill,Elizabeth C. Carroll, Mai C. Vang, Trevor A. Addington, Michael D. Toney and Delmar S. Larsen, J. AM. CHEM. SOC. 2010, 132 (47), 16953-16961 (2010) pdf
  • Multi-photon Manipulations of Enzymatic Photoactivity in Aspartate Aminotransferase, Melissa P. Hill, Lucy H. Freer, Mai C. Vang, Elizabeth C. Carroll, and Delmar S. Larsen, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 115 (15), pp 4474–4483 (2011). pdf

 

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Luke Elrod

BS University of California Davis 2008

MCB Undergraduate Research Student, 2006-2008

Currently: Sacramento

 

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Grace Rodriguez

BS University of California Davis 2008

Human Development, Undergraduate Research Student, 2006-2008

Currently: Medical student at Ohio State University

 

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Benjamin Perea

Cosumnes River College

Center for Biophotonics (CBST) at UCD Intern, Summer 2008

Project: Vitamin B6 Enzymes

 

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Tamara Restrepo

El Camino College, Los Angeles

Center for Biophotonics (CBST) at UCD Intern, Summer 2008

Project: Vitamin B6 Enzymes

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Lu Zhao

BS University of California Davis 2009

Biochemistry Undergraduate Research Student, 2008-2009

Project: Phytochromes Photoceptors

Currently: at large

  • Chemical Inhomogeneity in the Ultrafast Dynamics of the DXCF Cyanobacteriochrome Tlr0924, Lucy H. Freer, Peter W. Kim, Scott C. Corley, Nathan C. Rockwell, Lu Zhao, Arthur J. Thibert, J. Clark Lagarias, and Delmar S. Larsen, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 116 (35), 10571–10581 (2012). pdf

 

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Matt Barkovich

BS University of California Davis 2009

Chemistry Undergraduate Research Student, 2008-2009

Project: Computer Programming and ChemWiki Development

Currently: Medical student at UC San Diego

  • Enhancing Undergraduate Chemistry Education with the Online Dynamic ChemWiki Resource, Ronald J. Rusay, Michelle R. McCombs,  Matthew J. Barkovich, Delmar S. Larsen, Journal of Chemical Education, 88 (6), p 840 (2011). pdf

 

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Kostia Malley

Biochemistry Undergraduate Research Student, 2006-2008

4th Prize for Best Presentation: Larock Symposium 2008

DOE Summer Intern: LBNL Molecular Foundary Summer 2009

Project: Photoreceptors Photoactive Yellow Protein and Rhodopsin Mimic Dynamics

Currently: MD/Ph.D. Student at Washington University, St. Louis

  • Dissecting the Photophysics of Retinal in Novel Rhodopsin Mimics, Mark M. Huntress, Samer Gozem, Konstantin R. Malley, Askat E. Jailaubekov, Chrysoula Vasileiou, Mikas Vengris, James H. Geiger, Babak Borhan, Igor Schapiro, Delmar S. Larsen, and Massimo Olivucci, submitted (2012).

 

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Sarah Numan

Chemistry(pharmaceutical) Undergraduate Research Student, UCD, Summer 2009

Project Photoceptors FRET Study Modeling

 

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Carmen Valladares

Center for Biophotonics (CBST) at UCD Intern, Summer 2009

Biological Systems Engineering Undergraduate Research Student

Project Photoceptors FRET Study Modeling

  • Is the Photoactive Yellow Protein a UV-B/Blue Light Photoreceptor? Elizabeth C. Carroll, Marijke Hospes, Carmen Valladares, Klaas J. Hellingwerf, Delmar S. Larsen, Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 10 (4), 464 - 468 (2011). pdf

 

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Rachel Curtis

Undergraduate Research Student, 2008-present

Project: ChemWiki Development