CMDS Early Career Symposium

CMDS Early Career Symposium


The CMDS Early Career Symposium 2022 is a new forum held the day before CMDS for graduate students and post-docs to present and discuss their work and ideas.

This meeting will provide a great opportunity for young researchers to explore recent advances in the field of multidimensional spectroscopy and engage with the community.

The early career symposium is intended to be highly interactive and promote a collaborative environment for young researchers to network and socialize with their peers. All attendees are expected to participate in the discussion actively. All early career experimentalists and theorists using coherent multidimensional spectroscopy are invited and encouraged to participate.

CMDS Early Career Symposium will take place from 9 AM-5 PM on Monday, June 20, and include
oral research presentation sessions from young researchers. In addition, Prof. Gabriela Schlau-Cohen will
deliver the invited mentoring talk.


8 AM Opening Remarks
Session 1
So Yeon Chun
(Korea University, South Korea)
Kim van Adrichem(V) (Groningen University, Netherlands)
9 AM Laras Soenarjo (V) (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
Steven Roeters (Aarhus University, Denmark)
Matthew Ryan (University of Wisconsin, United States)
10 AM Break
Session 2
Minjung Son
(University of Wisconsin, United States)
Zhengjun Wang (V) (Lund University, Sweden)
11 AM John Hack (University of Chicago, United States)
Bijoya Mandal (Temple University, United States)
Laura Kiefer (University of Michigan, United States)
Seyyed Jabbar Mousavi (V) (University of Zürich, Switzerland)
12 PM Lunch
1 PM
Session 3
Stephanie Sanders
(University of Michigan, United States)
Veronica Policht (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Romain Rouxel (Lund University, Sweden)
2 PM Shiun-Jr Yang (University of California, Berkeley, United States)
Angela Lee (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States)
3 PM Break
Session 4
Zhenyu Ouyang
(University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States)
Jason Sandwisch (University of Washington, United States)
4 PM Hendrik Brunst (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany)
Keynote Session Mentoring Talk with Professor Gabriela Schlau-Cohen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States)
5 PM Symposium Closing & Welcome Reception

Application Instructions

All applicants who want to be considered for an oral presentation in the early-career symposium should check the box when submitting the application to the main conference.

The talks will be selected from submitted abstracts independently by the organizers of the early-career symposium after the submission has fished.


Yumin Lee (University of Chicago)
David Buhrke (University of Zurich)
Jae Yoon Shin (Korea University)

Invited Mentoring Talk by Prof. Gabriela Schlau-Cohen

Electronic excitations are responsible for a wide variety of photophysical and photochemical processes, including light capture, solar energy conversion, and metabolic regulation. 2D electronic spectroscopy maps out excited states and their dynamics to probe these complex processes.

In my talk, I will discuss the application of 2D spectroscopy to photosynthetic proteins. Chlorophylls are the primary pigments of photosynthesis for the absorption and transfer of energy, and carotenoids, the accessory pigments, play several roles including additional absorption and dissipation of excess energy.

While previous 2D experiments to study plants were limited to the chlorophyll transitions, we introduced ultrabroadband 2D electronic spectroscopy to span both the chlorophyll and carotenoid features. 2D spectra of the photosynthetic proteins mapped out the photophysics between these two primary pigments, identifying pathways of energy relaxation.


Gabriela Schlau-Cohen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at MIT.

She received a B.S. in Chemical Physics from Brown University in 2003 and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011, where she was an AAUW American Fellow. She was then a CMAD Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University.

In 2015, she joined the faculty of MIT. Her research group uses single-molecule spectroscopy and ultrafast spectroscopy to explore the energetic and structural dynamics of biological and bio-inspired systems, particularly photosynthetic light-harvesting proteins.

Dr. Schlau-Cohen’s work has been recognized with awards including the AAAS Marion Milligan Mason Award, the ACS Pure Chemistry Award, and the BPS Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award.