Chelsea M. Hess

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Large-scale sequencing studies in vertebrates have thus far focused primarily on the genomes of a few model organisms. Birds are of interest to genomics because of their much smaller and highly streamlined genomes compared to mammals. However, large-scale genetic work has been confined almost exclusively to the chicken; we know little about general aspects(More)
We review recent developments in the ongoing study of the evolution of the Mhc gene family in birds, with emphasis on class II B genes and results from songbirds obtained in our laboratory. Southern blots suggest a surprising diversity in Mhc class II gene number among various songbird species (Passeriformes). We have sequenced approximately 30 kb contigs(More)
The photoluminescence intermittency (PI) exhibited by single emitters has been studied for over a decade. To date, the vast majority of PI analyses involve parsing the data into emissive and non-emissive events, constructing histograms of event durations, and fitting these histograms to either exponential or power law probability distributions functions(More)
Recent experimental and theoretical studies of photoluminescence intermittency (PI) or "blinking" exhibited by single core/shell quantum dots and single organic luminophores are reviewed. For quantum dots, a discussion of early models describing the origin of PI in these materials and recent challenges to these models are presented. For organic luminophores(More)
The role of proton transfer in the photoluminescence intermittency (PI) of single molecules of violamine R (VR) overgrown in potassium acid phthalate (KAP) crystals is evaluated in comparisons of protonated (KAP) and deuterated (DKAP) mixed crystals between 23 and 60 °C. The PI is analyzed by the construction of cumulative distribution functions that are(More)
The variation in dielectric constant is measured for thin films of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) using confocal fluorescence microscopy. Spatial variation in the local dielectric constant of the polymer films on the ~250 nm length scale is measured using the solvochromatic emission from incorporated nile red (NR) at(More)
The effect of annealing on the phase transformation and the dielectric properties of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) is explored using quasi-single molecule (quasi-SM) microscopy. The solvatochromic properties of nile red (NR) are employed to measure the spatial distribution of the local dielectric constant (ε) in ∼30 μm thick PVDF films before and after(More)
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