BiographyJay L. Nadeau is an Associate Professor of Physics at Portland State University, where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate physics courses to majors and non-majors. Prior to PSU she was an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Physics at McGill University. Her research interests include nanoparticles, fluorescence imaging, and development of instrumentation for detection of life elsewhere in the Solar System. Her group was the first to label bacteria with quantum dots, and to explore the possibility of using fluorescent labels as tools for detection of traces of extraterrestrial life. She has published over seventy papers on topics ranging from theoretical condensed matter physics to experimental neurobiology to development of anti-cancer drugs and the development of holographic microscopy.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Semiconductor and metal nanoparticles
The search for life in extreme environments
Endurance cycling (3-time participant in the Death Valley 508 race, all on a fixed gear)