Research

Tools

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. 

Science

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 don't let traditional disciplinary boundaries stop us.  

People

We are diligent, collegial, and creative scientists who value working in a diverse team. Some of the words we use to describe our aspirations for the group:

Unbounded

Ambitious

Collaborative

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Group Members
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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

BS 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 always looking for undergraduate studentsgraduate students to join the team - send Doran an e-mail to apply! 

In addition, we are looking for 2-3 post-doctoral fellows to join the team in roughly the areas outlined below. 

Post-doc Position [Biophysics]

The Mesoscience Lab has an opening for a post-doctoral scholar at SMU in Dallas TX working on models of photosynthetic light harvesting by plants and cyanobacteria in collaboration with leading experimental groups from around the world. The post-doc will develop an open-source python-based modeling package to accelerate the development of membrane-scale models of photosynthetic light harvesting. You will simulate light harvesting in recently characterized photosynthetic super-complexes and membrane-scale protein landscapes reconstructed from cryo-SEM measurements. 

 

The candidate should have a PhD in chemistry, physics, chemical biology, or a related field. The candidate should have experience in at least one programming language (python or C++ preferred). Previous experience relevant to photosynthesis or excitation energy transfer is desirable but not required. 

 

Post-doc Position [Quantum Dynamics]

The Mesoscience Lab has an opening for a post-doctoral scholar at SMU in Dallas TX working on developing new quantum dynamics approaches to simulate carrier dynamics in a variety of semiconductor materials. The post-doc will contribute to an open-source python-based package for simulating mesoscale quantum dynamics. They will also develop new approaches for extending the timescale of quantum dynamics simulations. 

 

The candidate should have a PhD in chemistry, physics, or a related field. The candidate should have experience in at least one programming language (python or C++ preferred). Previous experience relevant to quantum dynamics is desirable but not required. 

Interested post-doc applications

Interested post-doc applications, please send an email containing:

  1. a cover letter outlining your research interests, past accomplishments, and future goals

  2. a CV, 

  3. contact information for 3 references, 

to doranb at smu dot edu. Review of applications will begin immediately. 

 

As a team, we believe that the strength of our group arises from the diverse perspective and experiences of our members, so we particularly encourage applications from women and under-represented minorities.

 
 

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