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How to join the group

Applications to join our group are always welcome from undergraduate students and graduate and postdoctoral candidates.

PhD candidates: Information about our graduate (PhD) program and admission requirements can be found on the following web page: Graduate Program in Chemistry. The Chemistry Department fully supports accepted Ph.D. students, who remain in good academic standing, with Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships. Details about financial support and graduate stipends can be found here. Please contact Milan directly if you would like further information.

We are looking for a self-motivated graduate student to join our group. The successful candidate will have an interest in supramolecular and material chemistry.

Undergraduate students: We have exciting projects at the interface of chemistry and biology designed for undergraduate students interested in research. Synthetic (porphyrin synthesis, purification, and NMR characterization) and spectroscopic (circular dichroism, fluorescence) projects are available. Financial support is available for undergraduate researchers on a competitive basis. Undergraduate students working in our group have been supported by INBRE, EPSCoR and A&S fellowships. If you have any further queries, please contact or visit Milan.

Publication co-authored by undergraduate students who worked in Balaz group (undergraduate students are in red):

     Transition metal induced switch of fluorescence and absorption response of Zn(II)porphyrin-DNA conjugate to cysteine derivatives.
     J. K. Choi, G. Sargsyan, B. D. Johnson, Milan Balaz*
     RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 15916-15922.

     Ligand induced circular dichroism and circularly polarized luminescence in CdSe quantum dots.
     U. Tohgha, K. K. Deol, A. G. Porter, S. G. Bartko, J. K. Choi, B. M. Leonard, K. Varga, J. Kubelka, G. Muller,* Milan Balaz*
     ACS Nano, 2013, 7, 11094-11102.

     Formation and helicity control of ssDNA templated porphyrin nanoassemblies.
     G. Sargsyan, A. A. Schatz, J. Kubelka, Milan Balaz*
     Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 1020-1022.

     Highly sensitive and selective spectroscopic detection of mercury(II) in water using pyridylporphyrin-DNA conjugates.
     J. K. Choi, G. Sargsyan, A. M. Olive, Milan Balaz*
     Chem. Eur. J., 2013, 19, 2515-2522.

     Sequence and linker dependent chiral dimerization of DNA-porphyrin conjugates.
     G. Sargsyan, B. L. MacLeod, U. Tohgha, Milan Balaz*
     Tetrahedron, 2012, 68, 2093-2099.

     3,3'-Diethylthiatricarbocyanine iodide: A highly sensitive chiroptical reporter of DNA helicity and sequence.
     J. Kyu Choi, A. D'Urso, M. Trauernicht, M. Shabbir-Hussain, A. E. Holmes, Milan Balaz*
     Int. J. Mol. Sci., 2011, 12, 8052-8062.

     Chiroptical detection of condensed Nickel(II)-Z-DNA in the presence of the B-DNA via porphyrin exciton coupled circular dichroism.
     J. Kyu Choi, G. Sargsyan, M. Shabbir-Hussain. E. Holmes, Milan Balaz*
     J. Phys. Chem. B, 2011, 115, 10182-10188.

     Recognition of left-handed Z-DNA of short unmodified oligonucleotides under physiological ionic strength conditions.
     A. D’Urso, J. Kyu Choi, M. Shabbir-Hussain, F. N. Ngwa, M. I. Lambousis, R. Purrello, Milan Balaz*
     Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun., 2010, 397, 329-332.

Postdoctoral candidates: Available funded postdoctoral positions will be advertised here. Alternatively, I will be happy to assist with and support your application for external funding.

If you are in Laramie and would like to speak to someone about joining our group or to get better idea of what life in the group is really like, please feel free to visit us in PS 420/421/428 (the group) or PS-410 (Milan).