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Harnessing biosystems for quantum information science

October 8, 2020 - 12:00pm
Philip Kurian
Principal Investigator and Founding Director, Quantum Biology Laboratory, Howard University
It is well known that architectures for quantum sensing and quantum information processing require exceptional isolation from sources of decoherence, including electromagnetic and thermal noise, by shielding and cooling. Could robust room-temperature alternatives be envisioned using biosystems that are optimized for certain quantum processes in warm, wet, and wiggly environments? We will explore in this seminar a number of collective and cooperative effects that can provide mechanisms to enhance coherent phenomena at multiple scales, including superradiance, optomechanical pumping far from equilibrium, many-body dispersion, and spin filtering through chiral molecules. Such exciton, phonon, plasmon, magnon, and other quantized effects may be exploited to develop novel platforms for quantum biosensing, opening avenues for the tantalizing realization of a test-tube quantum biocomputer and advanced biomedical diagnostics and therapeutics.

About the Quantum Biology Laboratory:

With a transformative vision that extends from the subatomic to the clinical scale, the QBL studies how collective behaviors in living matter can be manifested, controlled, and exploited for the development of advanced tools, diagnostics, and therapies to address neurodegenerative, oncological, immunological, and oxidative metabolic disorders. Investigators in the QBL use tools from theoretical physics, condensed matter, quantum optics, molecular biology, biochemistry, genomics, spectroscopy, and high-performance computing to solve an array of problems relevant to human disease processes and clinical medicine. The QBL is now hiring for a postdoctoral research associate - for more information, visit

This Seminar may be attended by joining the Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 999 4924 3235