Welcome to the Lucent Laboratory at Wilkes University. We are a computational biophysics group at a predominantly undergraduate university specializing in the study of fundamental biological processes through molecular simulation.
It is our mission to use research and mentoring to facilitate scientific understanding in a way that is not possible in a standard classroom environment. Our research focuses on the fields of protein folding, enzyme design, and protein-drug interactions. Please refer to our research page for more details about our work.
Del Lucent will be visiting Simbios at Stanford University during the month of August as an OpenMM Visiting Scholar. While at Stanford, he will be working on implementing the empirical valence bond method in the OpenMM simulation library. The empirical valence bond method is a way to use classical molecular dynamics to investigate chemical catalysis (a process that is inherently quantum mechanical). Del hopes to use this method to design custom enzymes for use in bioremediation.
June 18, 2013 - New webpage online
We are pleased to be up and running and want to thank Holly Lucent for her assistance as our web developer!
June 3, 2013 - The Lucent Lab has opened
The first meeting of the members of the Lucent lab will commence. Welcome!