Elio Abbondanzieri

B.A. 1999 Rice University
M.S. 2001 Stanford University

I was born in Rochester, New York in 1977. In 1995 I moved to Texas to attend Rice University. As an undergraduate, I did research with Dr. Peter Nordlander modeling the collapse of unstable Bose-Einstein condensates. After getting my B.A. in physics in 1999 I came to the Department of Applied Physics at Stanford. Since joining the Block Lab I have been working with RNA polymerase, the molecular machine that transcribes the genetic code. The other Blockheads involved with this project are Keir, Josh, Kristina and Becky. My research has also focused on improving Z-detection in optical traps. Currently, I am trying to improve the resolution and drift in our experiments with RNA polymerase motion.