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Gabriela Schlau-Cohen Physical Chemist

The Schlau-Cohen 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. Dr. 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

T. Kondo, W. J. Chen, G. S. Schlau-Cohen, "Single-Molecule Fluorescence Spectroscopy of Photosynthetic Systems." Chem Rev, 227, 860 (2017)

G. S. Schlau-Cohen, J. Berry, “Photosynthetic fluorescence, from molecule to planet.” Physics Today, 6, 66 (2015)

G. S. Schlau-Cohen, Q. Wang, J. Southall, R. J. Cogdell, W.E. Moerner, “Single-molecule Spectroscopy Reveals LH2 Complexes Switch between Emissive States.” Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 110, 10899 (2013)

G. S. Schlau-Cohen, A. Ishizaki, T. R. Calhoun, N. S. Ginsberg, M. Ballottari, R. Bassi, G. R. Fleming, “Elucidation of Timescales and Origins of Quantum Electronic Coherence in LHCII.” Nature Chem, 4, 389 (2012)

G. S. Schlau-Cohen, T. R. Calhoun, N. S. Ginsberg, M. Ballottari, R. Bassi, G. R. Fleming, “Spectroscopic Elucidation of Uncoupled Transition Energies in the Major Photosynthetic Light Harvesting Complex, LHCII.” Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 107, 13276 (2010)


CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar Bio-inspired Solar Energy


Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyDepartment of Chemistry


PhD (Physical Chemistry) University of California at Berkeley

BSC Brown University


United States

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