Markita Landry

Markita Landry

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Lab: 492 Stanley Hall

Research Group
Recent Publications

Research Interests

Nanomaterials, single-molecule fluorescence microscopy, biophysics

Our research lies at the intersection of single-molecule biophysics and nanomaterial-polymer science to develop new tools to probe and characterize complex biological systems. In particular, near-infrared emitters (fluorophores, zero-dimensional, and one-dimensional nanomaterials) provide emission wavelengths that are maximally permeable to biological materials. As such, we explore the potential of near-infrared light emitters combined with conventional visible fluorophores to detect molecular processes in systems that are optically and physically dense. We develop these tools for single-molecule applications, with the goal of scaling them to the study of molecular processes in whole-organisms. We further explore nanoscale materials as scaffolds for the delivery of biological molecules into tissues, cells, and sub-cellular organelles. To these ends, we build and develop optical microscopy tools, functionalize and characterize nanomaterials, and combine these areas for in vitro and in vivo molecular detection.


2006, B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chemistry
2006, B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Physics
2012, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chemical Physics
2013-2016, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2016 Beckman Foundation Young Investigator
2015 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface
2014 NARSAD Young Investigator Award

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)
Biophysical Society (BPS)
Electrochemical Society (ECS)
American Chemical Society (ACS)
American Physical Society (APS)
Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)