Dr. Dimitra Markovitsi

B2: Lasers, Interactions and Dynamics Laboratory, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique


D. Markovitsi is Research Director, and head of the group DICO of LIDYL. She has expertise on time-resolved optical spectroscopy (absorption, fluorescence) used to characterize excited states, energy and charge transfer, charge separation, ionization, radical formation and photochemical reactions. After having studied these processes in soft materials (liquid crystal and various types of molecular aggregates) she focused her activity on the primary UV-induced processes in DNA, including guanine quadruplexes.


Role in LightDyNAmics

Supervisor of ESR7, Lead WP2 & WP5

Selected Publications

  1. A. Banyasz, C. Balty, L. Martinez-Fernandez, M. Perron, T. Douki, R. Improta & D. Markovitsi. “Absorption of Low Energy UV Radiation by Human Telomere G-Quadruplexes Generates Long-Lived Guanine Radiocal Cations.” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 10561.
  2. D. Markovitsi. “UV-Induced DNA Damage: The Role of Electronic Excited States.” Photochem. Photobiol., 2016, 92, 45.
  3. P. Changenet-Barret, Y. Hua, D. Markovitsi. “Electronic excitations in guanine quadruplexes.” Top. Curr. Chem., 2015, 356, 183.
  4. A. Banyasz, I. Vayá, P. Changenet-Barret, T. Gustavsson, T. Douki, D. Markovitsi. “Base-pairing enhances fluorescence and favors cyclobutane dimer formation induced upon absorption of UVA radiation by DNA.” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133 5163.
  5. D. Markovitsi, F. Talbot, T. Gustavsson, D. Onidas, E. Lazzarotto, S. Marguet. “Complexity of excited state dynamics in DNA.” Nature, 2006, 441, E7.