Welcome to the Gruebele Group! Research in our group is spread over Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our labs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are involved in protein folding, in-cell dynamics, zebrafish locomotion, laser-assisted scanning tunneling microscopy, and classical and quantum energy- and mass-flow phenomena. We are affliated with the Departments of Chemistry, Physics, the Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology, and the Beckman Institute. For more information about research in the lab click here.

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Gopika Gopan, Zhaleh Ghaemi, Caitlin M Davis, Martin Gruebele, Spliceosomal SL1 RNA binding to U1-70K: the role of the extended RRM, Nucleic Acids Research, Volume 50, Issue 14, 12 August 2022, Pages 8193–8206,

2024-01-16: Congratulations to Andrew on passing his prelim exam.
2024-01-05: Congratulations to Chenghao for successfully defending his Phd!
2023-11-03: Congratulations to Zane for successfully defending his Phd!
2023-08-15 : Congratulations to Gopika, Yuhan, Alison, Aniket and Arash for defending their Phd! Hope all the best for their next stop.
2023-06-04: Martin talks about data sonification in protein science in the episode “101: The Science of Sound with Kimberly Arcand, Martin Gruebele, Carla Scaletti and Mark Temple” in the podcast “The Show About Science”. Check it out here: Link
2023-06-04: Premila has won the prestigious “Cooley’s Anemia Foundation” Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2023-2024. Congrats!
2023-04-27: Chenghao has been selected as Mavis Future Faculty Fellow for the 2023-2024 academic year. Congrats!
2022-07-11: Congratulations to Chenghao on passing his prelim exam.
2022.07-01 : Congratulations to Mayank on his successful phd defence!
2022-06: Driss El Andlosy joins group as an undergraduate researcher working with Yuhan.
2022-04-26 : Welcome Andrew! Andrew has joined Gruebele group as a graduate student. He will split time between quantum and bio projects.
2022-04-19 : Gruebele group members Aniket, Yuhan, Mayank, Premila, Arash, Mahima attend 3rd UIUC biophysical annual symposium 2022.
2022-04-13 : Martin published his 300th paper. Check it out here:
2022-03-14 : Gruebele group memebers Aniket, Alison, Chenghao, Yuhan, Zane give talks and posters at APS March Meeting.
2021-12-01 : Welcome Zhengyi! Zhengyi has joined the group as a graduate student. He will work with Alison on STM project.
2021-11-25 : Martin gives a virtual lecture on protein inside cells at University of Minho. Check it here :
2021-11-10 : Congratulations to Meredith on a successful PhD defense!
2020-05-14: Martin Gruebele received the Protein Society Hans Neurath Award
2020-04-06: Congratulations to Huy Nguyen on a successful PhD defense!
2018-02-14: Prof. Martin Gruebele, the James R. Eiszner Endowed Chair in Chemistry, has received a 2018 TREE award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA).
2018-01-19: Congrats to Dr. Yi Zhang on his successful PhD defense.
2018-01-01: Welcome Yuhan! Yuhan has joined the Gruebele Lab as a graduate student. She will be studying protein folding and dynamics in-cells.
2017-11-13: Martin gave the Harry Kroto Lecture at Florida State University.
2017-11-01: Welcome Alison! Alison has joined the Gruebele Lab as a graduate student. She will be working at the Beckman Institute studying excited states and energy flow using STM.
2017-07-21: Ruopei and Aniket successfully hosted the fish swimming lab at the Center for Physics in Living Cells Summer School.
2017-06-16: Congrats Kapil on his PhD defense and the new job at Intel.
2016-09-02: Kapil’s paper titled “Eliminating a Protein Folding Intermediate by Tuning a Local Hydrophobic Contact” was just accepted in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B.