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Quantum biology


Principal Investigator

Dr. Carlos F Martino

Dr. Carlos F Martino is a newly appointed Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). Dr. Martino’s backgrounds include Physics (BS), Mathematics (Minor, and MS), and Mechanical Engineering (MS, Ph.D) with many graduate courses in Physics. The main trust in the Martino Team is to investigate a novel quantum sensing mechanism in spin biochemistry that is based on spin-correlated radical pairs; namely, the activation of molecular oxygen in the biological production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). The specific goal is to illuminate the possible mechanisms of spin biochemistry in metabolic processes by measuring the effects of external magnetic fields on the yield and product distributions of ROS. ROS production is thought to occur by spin correlated radical pairs that are mediated through quantum coherence. We hypothesize that quantum coherence in biological process can be manipulated by spin radical mechanisms that involve magnetic resonance and magnetic field gradients.


Ph.D Students

Louis-David Arthaut, Ph.D. student based at University Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)

Marootpong Pooa, Ph.D. student from Thailand based at University Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)

Mayhar Sameti, Ph.D student with Dr. Bashur

Merfat Hammad

Meznah Albaqami

Master's Students

Ian McClure

Matthew Kraska

Undergraduate Students

Gyorgy Halo

Brendon Green

Trevor Schmitt


Dr. Abdulla

Mathematical Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology

Dr. Robert Usselman

Montana State University, USA

Dr. Margaret Ahmad

Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France

Dr. Pablo Castello

University of Belgrano, Argentina

Former Students

Cristina Chavarriaga

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