Markita Landry, a faculty affiliate of the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB) Division, has received a prestigious two-year Department Of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award for her work developing optical probes for neuromodulators such as dopamine. An assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at UC Berkeley, Landry conducts research at the intersection of single-molecule biophysics and nanomaterial-polymer science to develop new tools to probe and characterize complex biological systems. The DARPA project will focus on using synthetic near-infrared optical nanosensors—a new technology developed in the Landry lab—to develop a brain-computer interface driven by neurochemistry. Currently such technologies rely on electrical signals for signal acquisition, processing, and machine learning algorithms. Read a Berkeley Neuroscience news article to learn about how the award will allow her to investigate visualizing the probes in awake and behaving animals.
Landry was recognized for her work on engineering nanosensors to image molecules in the body, focusing on neuromodulators such as dopamine in the brain. The fellowship, established in 1934, honors “early-career scholars whose achievements mark them as among the very best scientific minds working today.” Read more in Berkeley News.
Markita Landry, MBIB faculty scientist and UC Berkeley assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is a recipient of the second annual New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award for plant efficiency. Landry is interested in discovering routes for nanoparticle transport across plant cell walls and chloroplast membranes for use in GMO-free gene editing.