Welcome to the homepage for the research group on quantum mechanics of biomolecular processes, led by
Dr Alexandra Olaya-Castro
Alexandra gave a talk at TEDx Bogata in October 2016 on breaking down stereotypes of women in science.
Watch it here
. (You may need to
watch with a Spanish speaking friend!)
Our research aims to elucidate fundamental quantum principles underlying
energy capture, transfer and conversion at the biomolecular level. We develop
theoretical approaches that bring together in a complementary fashion
concepts from modern quantum science, physical chemistry and biophysics.
We focus particularly on predicting signatures and consequences of non-trivial
quantum behaviour in the electronic and vibrational dynamics of photo-activated
biomolecules. To this end we are following four main lines of
- Open quantum systems approaches to exciton and charge transfer dynamics in photosynthetic complexes
- Non-classical features of electronic and vibrational dynamics in biomolecules
- Counting statistics and noise characterisation in charge and exciton transfer processes
- Quantum thermodynamics of biomolecular processes
We are part of the AMOPP
groups in the
Department of Physics and Astronomy
and make up one node of the European-wide project PAPETS
(Phonon Assisted Processes for Energy Transfer and Sensing). We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council of the UK and the
EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research.