Gabriela Schlau-Cohen



  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018
  • Bio-inspired Solar Energy


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Chemistry


  • United States


PhD (Physical Chemistry), University of California, Berkeley
BSc, Brown University


Gabriela Schlau-Cohen is a physical chemist whose research group uses single- molecule and ultrafast spectroscopy to explore the structural and energetic dynamics that underlie photosynthetic light harvesting.

Research in the lab focuses on developing new approaches to probe these dynamics by combining tools from chemistry, optics, biology and microscopy. Schlau-Cohen’s research
team also seeks to characterize and optimize light harvesting in bio-inspired systems.


Beckman Young Investigator

Smith Family Biomedical Research Award

Postdoctoral Research Award, ACS PHYS Division

CMAD Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University

American Fellowship, American Association of University Women

Relevant Publications

Kondo, T., W.J. Chen, and G.S. Schlau-Cohen. "Single-Molecule Fluorescence Spectroscopy of Photosynthetic Systems." Chem Rev 227 (2017): 860–98.
Schlau-Cohen, G.S., and J. Berry. “Photosynthetic fluorescence, from molecule to planet.” Physics Today 6 (2015): 66.
Schlau-Cohen, G.S. et al. “Single-molecule Spectroscopy Reveals LH2 Complexes Switch between Emissive States.” Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 110 (2013): 10899–10903.

Schlau-Cohen, G.S. et al. “Elucidation of Timescales and Origins of Quantum Electronic Coherence in LHCII.” Nature Chem 4 (2012): 389–95.

Schlau-Cohen, G.S. et al. “Spectroscopic Elucidation of Uncoupled Transition Energies in the Major Photosynthetic Light Harvesting Complex, LHCII.” Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 107 (2010): 13276–13281.