Interfacing Nanotechnology and Neuroscience

Welcome to the Richards lab in the Chemistry department at the University of Kentucky. We are an interdisciplinary group that integrates nanotechnology, neuroscience, and biophysical chemistry. We are interested in understanding how modifications in membrane receptor trafficking and assembly alters neuronal function and is involved in the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases and addiction. A major component of our research is the development of single-molecule fluorescence imaging techniques that allow us to isolate individual membrane receptors. These studies primarily focus on the interaction of nanoscale metal structures with live cells for the isolation and enhancement of fluorescently labeled proteins.

We are currently recruiting lab techs, graduate students, and postdocs. Contact us for more information.

Single-molecule imaging in neurons

Fluorescence imaging with plasmonic nanostructures

Membrane receptor assembly, transport, and function