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Charles Schroeder

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Associate Professor, Ray and Beverly Mentzer Faculty Scholar
cmsatillinois [dot] edu
107 Roger Adams Laboratory
MC 712
600 S. Mathews
Urbana, IL 61801

The Schroeder Research Group studies the dynamics of polymers, proteins, and soft materials using single molecule techniques. A major goal of our research is to understand how microscopic phenomena give rise to the emergent, macroscopic properties of soft materials.

  • Postdoctorate, University of California at Berkeley, 2007-2008
  • Postdoctorate, Harvard University, 2004-2007
  • Ph.D., Stanford University, 2004
  • B.S., Carnegie Mellon University, 1999
Research Topics - Biodata
  • Molecular Engineering, Soft Materials, Molecular Rheology, Single Molecule Biophysics
Research Topics - Biodata
  • Molecular Engineering, Soft Materials, Molecular Rheology, Single Molecule Biophysics
Journal Articles
  • M. Tanyeri and C. M. Schroeder, “Manipulation and Confinement of Single Particles using a Fluid Flow”, Nano Letters, 13, 2357-2364 (2013).

  • R. Mohan, A. Mukherjee, S. E. Sevgen, C. Sanpitakseree, J. Lee, C. M. Schroeder, P. J. A. Kenis, “A Multiplexed Microfluidic Platform for Rapid Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing”, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 49, 118-125 (2013).

  • A. Mukherjee, J. Walker, K. B. Weyant, C. M. Schroeder, “Characterization of Flavin-based Fluorescent Proteins: An Emerging Class of Powerful Fluorescent Reporters”, PLOS ONE, 8, e64753 (2013).

  • U. Agrawal, D. Reilly, C. M. Schroeder, “Zooming in on Biological Processes with Fluorescence Nanoscop”, Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 24 (2013).

  • A. B. Marciel and C. M. Schroeder, “New Directions in Single Polymer Dynamics”, Journal of Polymer Science: Polymer Physics, 51, 556-566 (2013).

  • Y. Kim, S. Kim, M. Tanyeri, J. A. Katzenellenbogen, C. M. Schroeder, “Dendrimer Probes for Enhanced Photostability and Localization in Fluorescence Imaging”, Biophysical Journal, 104, 1566-1575 (2013).

  • A. Mukherjee and C. M. Schroeder, “Directed Evolution of Bright Mutants of a Flavin-Dependent Anaerobic Fluorescent Protein from Pseudomonas putida”, Journal of Biological Engineering, 6, 20, (2012).

  • Y. Kim, S. Kim, J. A. Katzenellenbogen, C. M. Schroeder, “Specific Labeling of Zinc Finger Proteins using Noncanonical Amino Acids and Copper-free Click Chemistry”, Bioconjugate Chemistry, 23, 1891-1901 (2012).

  • M.-H. Lai, J. H. Jeong, R. Devolder, C. A. Brockman, C. M. Schroeder, H. Kong, “Ellipsoidal Polyaspartamide Polymersomes with Enhanced Cell-Targeting Ability”, Advanced Functional Materials, 22, 3239-3246 (2012).

  • D. J. Mai, C. A. Brockman, C. M. Schroeder, “Microfluidic Systems for Single DNA Dynamics”, Soft Matter, 8, 10560-10572 (2012).

  • M. Tanyeri, M. Ranka, N. Sittipolkul, C. M. Schroeder, "Microfluidic Wheatstone Bridge for Rapid Sample Analysis", Lab on a Chip, 11, 4181-4186 (2011).

  • C. A. Brockman, S. Kim, C. M. Schroeder, "Direct Observation of Single Flexible Polymers using Single Stranded DNA", Soft Matter, 7, 8005-8012 (2011).

  • F. Latinwo and C. M. Schroeder, "Model Systems for Single Molecule Polymer Dynamics", Soft Matter, 7, 7907-7913 (2011).

  • M. Tanyeri, M. Ranka, N. Sittipolkul, C. M. Schroeder, "A Microfluidic-based Hydrodynamic Trap: Design and Implementation", Lab on a Chip, 11, 1786-1794 (2011).

  • B. Schudel, M. Tanyeri, C. M. Schroeder, P. J. A. Kenis, "Multiplexed Detection of Nucleic Acids in a Combinatorial Screening Chip", Lab on a Chip, 11, 1916-1923 (2011).

  • M. Tanyeri, E. M. Johnson-Chavarria and C. M. Schroeder, "Hydrodynamic Trap for Single Particles and Cells", Applied Physics Letters, 96, 224101 (2010).

  • S. Kim, C. M. Schroeder, X. S. Xie, "Single Molecule Observation of HIV-1 Reverse Transcriptase Polymerization Dynamics on Flow Stretched DNA Templates", Journal of Molecular Biology, 395, 995-1006 (2010).

  • S. Kim, P.C. Blainey, C.M. Schroeder, and X.S. Xie, "Multiplexed Single-molecule Assay for Weak Enzymatic Activity on Flow-stretched DNA," Nature Methods, 4, 397-399 (2007).

  • C.M. Schroeder, P.C. Blainey, S. Kim, X.S. Xie, "Hydrodynamic Flow-stretching Assay for Single Molecule Studies of Nucleic Acid-Protein Interactions," in Single Molecule Techniques: A Laboratory Manual, T. Ha and P. Selvin (eds.), Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press (2007).

  • C.M. Schroeder, R.E. Teixeira, E.S.G. Shaqfeh, S. Chu, "Characteristic Periodic Motion of Polymers in Shear Flow," Physical Review Letters, 95, 018301 (2005).

  • C.M. Schroeder, H.P. Babcock, E.S.G. Shaqfeh, S. Chu, "Observation of Polymer Conformation Hysteresis in Extensional Flow," Science, 301, 1515-1519 (2003).

Other Honors
  • Center for Advanced Study, Beckman Fellow, University of Illinois, 2014

  • Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2013

  • NSF CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2013

  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Research, University of Illinois, 2013

  • Arthur B. Metzner Early Career Award, Society of Rheology, 2012

  • U.S. Frontiers of Engineering, National Academy of Engineering, 2012

  • Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, 2011

  • Tomorrow's PIs, Genome Technology, 2008

  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, University of Illinois, Spring 2011, Fall 2008

  • Pathway to Independence Award, National Institute of Health, 2006-2011

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Jane Coffin Childs Fund for Medical Research, 2005-2006

  • Gerald Lieberman Fellowship, Stanford University, 2003-2004

  • NSF Graduate Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 1999-2003

  • Stanford Graduate Fellow, Stanford University, 1999

  • University Honors, Carnegie Mellon University, 1998

  • Andrew Carnegie Scholar, Carnegie Mellon University, 1998

  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 1998

  • Donald F. Othmer Academic Excellence Award, AIChE