Peter Maurer

Assistant Professor in Molecular Engineering

Maurer Group



The Maurer lab focuses on the development and application of novel imaging and sensing modalities that enable the investigation of biological systems, which are not accessible by conventional techniques. Our approach combines state-of-the-art tools from quantum optics, quantum information technology and single-molecule biophysics. Such novel technologies include the development of a nanoscale quantum sensor for NMR spectroscopy of individual biomolecules, a single-molecule platform for quantum sensing, and the establishment of new nanophotonics techniques for bio-imaging.

The successful development of such novel single-molecule techniques will provide powerful tools to investigate fundamental biological questions and form the basis for a new generation of diagnostic devices. Likewise, the development of novel quantum sensing protocols will extend our understanding of quantum systems at ambient conditions, and establish quantum information technology as a potent resource in biological research.


Peter received his postdoctoral training in Prof. Steven Chu’s group at Stanford University, where he has been focusing on the development of novel nanoscale imaging technologies. Prior to joining the Chu lab, Peter received his PhD in physics from Harvard University, where he worked with Prof. Mikhail Lukin. During his graduate work, Peter utilized tools from quantum optics to coherently control individual spins in diamond for applications in quantum information science and bio-sensing. Before moving to Harvard, Peter obtained his undergraduate degree in physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH).

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