Rowland Scientists

  

The Rowland Institute scientists perform research in several areas of physics, chemistry, materials science, biophysics and biology. The Institute encourages collaboration with other Institutes and Universities by providing an informal seminar room equipped for web-casting and an auditorium for formal seminars and conferences, and among its scientists by providing informal luncheons for the casual exchange ideas.

The following is a list of current research scientists.  Here's a link to our past research scientists.

Director

Associate Director for Science

Rowland Junior Fellows

Rowland Senior Fellows

Affiliated Harvard Faculty

Institute Scientists

Alessandra Ferzoco

Cold Ion Spectroscopy Lab


Rowland Junior Fellow
Rowland Institute at Harvard
Harvard University
100 Edwin H. Land Blvd.
Cambridge, MA 02142
Tel: 617-497-4749
Fax: 617-497-4627
Email: ferzoco@rowland.harvard.edu
Website:Cold Ion Spectroscopy Lab

Reactions useful for the conversion of light energy into chemical energy are often complex because they require multiple charge transfer steps. Coupling electron and proton transfer facilitates these reactions by avoiding the high-energy intermediates found if electrons and protons are transferred individually and by enabling multiple charge transfer steps at one location. Our lab seeks to understand the types of chemical structures and environments that promote concerted electron/proton transfer by studying how ion structure changes in going from the ground state to electronically excited states. To accomplish these studies our lab works at the intersection between mass spectrometry and laser spectroscopy. We develop custom instrumentation to generate and trap ions and ion-molecule complexes, control their temperature, and then interrogate them by various types of spectroscopy.

Benjamin de Bivort

Evolution of Behavior Group


Rowland Junior Fellow
Rowland Institute at Harvard
Harvard University
100 Edwin H. Land Blvd.
Cambridge, MA 02142
Tel: 617-497-4656
Fax: 617-497-4627

Website:Evolution of Behavior Group

The animal kingdom contains staggering morphological diversity, but even greater variety is manifest in animal behavior. All animals display species-specific ecological behaviors and behavior alone can distinguish species that are otherwise morphologically identical. Moreover, evolution and behavior exert reciprocal influences on each other - while evolution can diversify behavior, behavior can constrain the evolution of species. The goal of our lab is to understand the neurobiological mechanisms of ecologically and evolutionarily relevant behaviors using techniques drawn from circuit-driven neuroscience, comparative genomics, and ethology, as they are manifested in fruit flies from the genus Drosophila.

Selected Publications

  • Amino Acid Metabolic Origin as an Evolutionary Influence on Protein Sequence in Yeast. de Bivort B & Perlstein E, Kunes S, Schreiber S. Journal of Molecular Evolution. 68(5), 490-497, 2009

  • Attractors and democratic dynamics. Bar-Yam Y, Harmon D, de Bivort B Science. 323, 1016-1017, 2009.

  • Evolutionarily conserved optimization of amino acid biosynthesis. de Bivort B and Perlstein E, Kunes S, Schreiber S. Journal of Molecular Evolution. 65(2), 186-196, 2007.