Specialization in Biochemistry
Research with Prof. Cassandra Fraser
Ruffin started performing research in the Fraser Laboratory in the spring of his first year. He’s had the good fortune to work on a variety of different projects involving the synthesis and characterization of boron-diketonate luminescent molecules. In particular, his work has focused on exploring both the photophysical mechanism behind these molecules’ unusual room temperature phosphorescence and how to best enhance this phosphorescence for use in biomedical imaging and sensing.
Ruffin is also a Physics major at UVa. Since the spring of 2010, his research with Professor Pfister (in Physics) has focused on developing the theoretical framework behind optical tests of high-dimensional Bell Inequalities.