- Aug 3, 2017
- Active Faculty
Jerry Cowen Chair of Experimental Physics & Assistant Professor
Condensed Matter Physics - Experimental
Biomedical-Physical Sciences Bldg.
567 Wilson Rd., Room 4238
B149 Biomedical-Physical Sciences Bldg.
B238 Biomedical-Physical Sciences Bldg.
Direct observation of structure-function relationship in a nucleic acid–processing enzyme, M. J. Comstock,K. K. Whitley, H. Jia, J. Sokoloski, T. M. Lohman, Taekjip Ha, Y. R. Chemla, Science, 348, 352-354 
Ultrahigh-resolution optical trap with single-fluorophore sensitivity, Matthew J Comstock, Taekjip Ha, Yann R Chemla, Nature methods, 8 (4), 335-340 
Reversible photomechanical switching of individual engineered molecules at a metallic surface, Matthew J. Comstock, Niv Levy, et al., Physical Review Letters, 99 (3), 038301 
Professional Activities & Interests / Biographical Information
Dr. Comstock earned his undergraduate degree in physics from The University of Chicago and received a physics Ph.D. in condensed matter from the University of California, Berkeley, with research focused on optically controlled molecular machines. At the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Matt jumped into biological physics during a postdoctoral fellowship, where he constructed a novel microscope capable of observing in real-time both the structure and the function of individual biological molecular motors at the angstrom scale. In August 2012, Matt joined the faculty at MSU. As an assistant professor and the Jerry Cowen Chair of Physics, he will continue to advance the frontiers of single molecule biology experimental techniques.