Dr. Andrea Markelz, Physics
Dr. Andrea Markelz graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with her Bachelor’s degree, and in 1995 she completed her Ph.D. in physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2004 Dr. Markelz joined the University at Buffalo physics department. Her research aim is to develop and understand novel optical and electronic materials to enable the technologies of all optical computing, spintronic devices and quantum computing. These efforts include biophotonic materials, electro-optic materials and ferromagnetic semiconductor materials. Dr. Markelz and her team study the biomolecular dynamics and collective excitations in optical and electronic materials using a variety of tools. The overlapping technology for these diverse topics is terahertz spectroscopy. In particular they use terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) to measure protein intramolecular vibrations, solvent dielectric response, crystal phonons and electronic excitations in novel materials. In addition to the experimental work, her group uses molecular dynamics simulations to explore the role of structural dynamics in protein function.