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Julie S. Biteen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Assistant Professor of Biophysics

Department of Chemistry
930 N. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1055


Julie S. Biteen is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and of Biophysics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  She holds an A.B. in Chemistry from Princeton University.  Under the guidance of Harry Atwater and Nathan Lewis, she completed her M.S. in Applied Physics (2003) and her Ph.D. in Chemistry (2006) at the California Institute of Technology, where she worked on the optoelectronics of silicon nanocrystal photoluminescence in the local field of plasmonic metal nanoparticles.  She spent three years as a postdoctoral scholar working on superresolution imaging in live bacteria cells in the W. E. Moerner lab at Stanford University.  Dr. Biteen is the recipient of a Burroughs Wellcome Career Award at the Scientific Interface for researchers with backgrounds in the physical sciences whose work addresses biological questions, and she was names a UM Biological Scholar in 2009.

Research Interests

I am interested in using the tools of nanoscale photonics to address important challenges in biological imaging.  In particular, my research focuses on applying single-molecule and superresolution imaging, metal nanoparticle plasmonics, and semiconductor nanocrystal quantum dots to live-cell imaging.  Undertaking such an endeavor at the crossroads of Chemistry, Biology and Engineering requires the development of sensitive experimental methods and careful, quantitative analysis procedures. My researchseeks to maximize the impact of nanophotonics by applying it to physiologically relevant questions.

I am very interested in multidisciplinary, collaborative research, and have expertise in multiple fields (Physical Chemistry, Biophysics, and Applied Physics).  I look forward to engaging with other scientists and engineers, and am developing imaging technologies that can be used to address problems of interest to other investigators.



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