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We use computers to study multiscale phenomena and connect measurements taken on disparate length and timescales. Multiscale models provide a unique opportunity to investigate the emergent design principles of hierarchical materials. We tackle problems in both quantum and classical regimes with applications in both biological and artificial materials. The unifying theme of our lab is bottom-up modeling combined with systematic coarse-graining - i.e. we want to have a systematically improvable description of the dynamics which we use to develop a simple conceptual model to interpret experiments. 


We develop new algorithms to study multiscale phenomena in artificial and biological materials. 

Our team members collaborate to write software that is scalable and maintainable. 


We study quantum dynamics of molecular aggregates for light harvesting and photocatalysis. We also explore the multiscale structure-function relationships of bioenergetics in photosynthesis and respiration. 


We are diligent, collegial, and creative scientists who value working in a diverse team. We believe that creativity arises from intellectual independence, broad knowledge of the field, and a supportive environment. 

Group Members

Doran I. G. Bennett

Principal Investigator

Post-Doctoral Fellow Harvard University

PhD UC Berkeley 
BA/MS University of Chicago 

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Mohamed Elrefaiy

Graduate Student

BS Zewail City of Science and Technology

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Leo Varvelo

Graduate Student

BA University of Houston

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Bailey Smoot

Graduate Student

BS Midwestern State University

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Future Team Members

Want to work on big questions and hard problems? Are you excited about quantum mechanics? Or are you curious about how biological regulation emerges from  complex chemical mixtures? 

The Mesoscience Lab is looking for undergraduate studentsgraduate students and post-docs to join the team! Send Doran an e-mail to apply.

Post-doc Position [OPEN]

We are looking for a post-doc to advance cutting edge membrane-scale models of photosynthetic light harvesting. The post-doc will help develop an open-source python-based modeling package to accelerate the development of membrane-scale models of photosynthesis. They will also collaborate with an international team of experimentalists to model photosynthetic regulation. 


As a team, we value diversity and particularly encourage members of under-represented minorities to apply. Given the current environment, we intend to be flexible about start dates and work locations to support a candidate that is a good fit for the group. 


Interested applicants are asked to email a cover letter, CV, and pdfs for 1-2 previous publications to Doran prior to June 1st. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. 


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