Dr. Balci received his PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park in the field of high temperature superconductivity under the supervision of Prof. Richard Greene. He switched his research field to single molecule biophysics during his post-doctoral career. As a post-doc he worked in the laboratories of Prof. Paul Selvin and Prof. Taekjip Ha at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Balci currently studies DNA-protein interactions using high resolution fluorescence microscopy techniques.
Jagat Budhathoki
Physics Graduate Student
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Parastoo Maleki
Physics Graduate Student
pmaleki at
William Roy
Physics Graduate Student
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 Ryan Melendez
Physics Undergraduate Student
rmelend1 at
Amanda Rentsch
High School Student

Previous Members and Visitors

Subrata Mal
Physics Graduate Student. Received masters degree in Summer 2011. Subrata worked on a project in which he investigated binding of RPA to two single stranded DNA simultaneously.

Graduate Student -
National Enterprise for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (NEST)
Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italia

Ugur Celik
Visiting Bioengineering Graduate Student from Fatih University, Istanbul Turkey.

Currently: Graduate Student at WPI
Dominic Malcolm
Physics (minor in Biological Sciences) Undergraduate Student.
Completed Honors Thesis in the lab.


Graduate Student - Biomedical Engineering PhD Program at University of Rochester
Mohammad Haroon Qureshi
Biological Sciences Graduate Student
Completed MS thesis in the lab.

Currently: Graduate Student
Molecular Biology and Genetics Department, Koc University, Istanbul Turkey

 Chad Frutig
Physics (minor in Biological Sciences) Undergraduate Student.

Currently: MBA at Kent State University

 Sujay Ray
Physics Graduate Student
Completed PhD thesis in the lab

Currently: Postdoc at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  Allan Leishman
Physics Undergraduate Student
Completed Honors Thesis in the lab.

Currently: Graduate student at the Physics Department of University of Notre Dame.

  Edward Stafford
Physics Undergraduate Student
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Sujay, Hamza, Jagat, and Parastoo in the lab (October 2014).

Subrata, Ugur, Dominic, Sujay, and Hamza at Subrata's fairwell dinner.

Sujay presented his work in Biophysical Society 2012.

Dinner at Hamza's Home
Dinner at Hamza's home.

Judging at High School Science Fair, March 2014
Judging at Consef High School Science Fair, March 2014.

The Real Bill!

Jagat presenting a poster at 2015 RNA Rustbelt Meeting.