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Terrific seminar by Antoine van Oijen at the Quantum Biology Doctoral Training Centre

Posted 7th July 2019

Quantum Biology Doctoral Training Centre Seminar Tuesday 25th June, 3pm, Room 01 DK 02 Tackling antimicrobial resistance, one molecule at a time Professor Antoine van Oijen Distinguished Professor, Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience, University of Wollongong vanoijen@nulluow.edu.au   Abstract Antoine van Oijen led research groups at Harvard Medical School […]

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Lectureship Position in Quantum Biology available at the University of Surrey!

Posted 18th June 2019

The Leverhulme Quantum Biology Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Surrey is recruiting exceptional individuals to the full-time academic position of Lecturer in Quantum Biology. Quantum Biology is an exciting new area of research that has emerged in the last two decades through the recognition that quantum phenomena such as coherence, tunnelling and entanglement, […]

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Quantum Biology Doctoral Training Centre Seminar From nanotech to living sensors: unraveling the spin physics of biosensing at the nanoscale Clarice D. Aiello, Stanford University, USA 2pm, Thursday 13th June Room 01 DK 03, University of Surrey

Posted 10th June 2019

Abstract I am a quantum engineer interested in how quantum physics informs biology at the nanoscale. As a physicist, I have developed high-performance nanosensors that essentially worked due to room-temperature quantum effects in noisy environments. Currently, I am focusing on “living sensors” — organisms and cells that respond to minute stimuli, routinely outperforming technological probes […]

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PhD opportunity at the Quantum Biology Doctoral Training Centre (QB-DTC) to study energy generation through electrogenic organism microsystems.

Posted 2nd June 2019

Explore the electron transport mechanisms between membrane cytrochromes and electrode along pili. Is this a classical conductive transport, is it ion transport, or does it involve quantum tunnelling along a series of Fe-S clusters? For example, the quantum extension of the classical Drude theory of metal conductivity shows that regularly spaced potential wells (positive metal atom […]

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new Quantum Biology studentships available!

Posted 14th March 2019

Interested in a PhD in quantum niology at our Quantum Biology Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Surrey? Projects include examination of coherence in nerve ion channels, DNA repair and coherence involved in electrical communication between microbes. See here for more details and how to apply.

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Quantum entangled bacterial cells?

Posted 6th January 2019

  Entanglement is the weirdest quantum phenomenon – so weird that even Einstein, who remember gave us warped space-time, time travel and black holes – didn’t believe it calling it ‘spooky action at a distance’. It is when interacting quantum particles maintain an instantaneous connection even after they have been separated by huge distance so […]

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Paper on history of Quantum Biology by me and Jim Al-Khalili now out!

Posted 14th December 2018

The real history of quantum biology In a paper published by the Royal Society journal, Proceedings A,  The origins of quantum biology, we examine nearly 100 years of pioneering and improbable questions about the relationship between the fuzzy and almost magical world of quantum physics and the rigid and organised field of biology. We also reveal […]

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World’s first training Centre for Quantum Biology established at the University of Surrey with £1m support from the Leverhulme Trust

Posted 13th December 2018

The University of Surrey has been awarded £1million from the prestigious Leverhulme Trust to establish the world’s first doctoral training centre for quantum biology. The Centre, which will be headed by Professors Johnjoe McFadden and Jim Al-Khalili, will train a new generation of scientists with the skills needed to study and even exploit the quantum […]

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Ecological neo-colonialism and Golden Rice.

Posted 23rd December 2014

Johnjoe McFadden Ecological  neo-colonialism continues to oppose the most beneficial GM crop, Golden Rice reaching the poor. Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) affects more than 200 million people in the world today, causing half a million children to go blind each year due and up to 2m die due to associated immunodeficiency. By moving genes that […]

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Eugenics: genetics dirty secret

Posted 20th December 2014

From Descartes to Darwin Though writers, philosophers and social scientists have been denying the existence of an essential core of humanity for the best part of a century, the debate on human nature has now entered a new phase. Modern science’s engagement with human nature can be traced back to the Enlightenment, when, as we’ve […]

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Dead cats can live again if they are quantum cats

Posted 3rd November 2014

The Austrian father of quantum mechanics, Erwin Schrödinger, famously imagined sealing a cat inside a box. The cat’s fate would be linked to the quantum world through a poison that will be released only if a single radioactive atom decays. Schrödinger pointed out that the equations of quantum mechanics insist that the atom must exist […]

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Don’t let Ebola Evolve!

Posted 27th October 2014

Life is a battle and most of the combatants are microbes. Bacteria, viruses, protozoa, nematodes and even microscopic fungi have slain nearly everyone or everything who has ever lived on this planet and have been doing so ever since the first microbes crawled out of the primeval mud billions of years ago. And they have […]

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