Kathryn Mayer

Kathryn Mayer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Lutcher Brown Fellowship

Office: SRL 1.416
Phone: (210) 458-8278
Email: Kathryn.Mayer@utsa.edu
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Areas of Specialization
  • Biophysics
  • Optical Techniques
  • Plasmonics
  • Single Molecule Studies


Ph.D. in Physics; Rice University
M.S. in Physics; Rice University
B.S. in Physics; Rice University

Research Interests

Our lab uses optical techniques to study the bio-nano interface. In particular, we specialize in the detection and imaging of single molecules, and the interaction of molecules with metal surfaces. We are currently developing three major projects: 1) the use of ultra-sensitive localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) sensors to measure molecular binding and conformational changes on surfaces; 2) super-resolution microscopy studies of surface bound molecules, including nanoparticle-bound antibodies; and 3) single-molecule kinetics studies based upon microwell technology. By understanding the details of the bio-nano interface, we hope to improve existing nanoparticle bioconjugate techniques and gain insight into fundamental biophysical questions.

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