PhD Program and year entered: Physics (start 2016)
Expected completion: TBD
Previous degrees: Bachelor in Physics, Bachelor in Electrical Engineering with emphasis in computers and Networks. University of Costa Rica.
Profile: Diana Valverde Mendez is a second year PhD in Physics. She did her undergrad studies at the University of Costa Rica, where she dual majored in Physics and Electrical Engineering with an emphasis on Computers and Networks. Now she is working on optimizing the performance of an Stimulated Emission Depletion (STED) microscope.
I'm interested in understanding the physical properties of the different components of the bacterial cell (cytoplasm, nucleoid, etc), and how these characteristics affect the internal mechanisms and processes of cells. To achieve this goal I image fluorescently labeled probes using a custom built biplane microscope. From these images I am able to extract 3D trajectories and use these to study diffusion processes that provide information about the relevant physics in the cell.