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Jeremiah C Traeger
Postdoctoral research associate

Jeremiah Traeger is a postdoctoral research associate on the Cell Signaling and Communications team. He uses single-molecule techniques to investigate cellular processes within both plant and animal cells. His current research involves fluorescence microscopy to assess the localization and functionality of receptor proteins in plant plasma membranes, as well as observing the progression of type 1 diabetes in β cells and the special heterogeneity of gene expression within islets. 

Traeger has been working with single-molecule fluorescence microscopy since 2015. He graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where his thesis focused on the dynamics of DNA oligonucleotide transport and kinetics at nucleic acid interfaces. 


  • PhD in chemical engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder 

  • BS in chemical engineering, University of Arizona 

Awards and Recognition

  • U.S. Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need fellowship (2017)

  • National Institutes of Health sponsored Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Training program award (2015) 

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Washington State University Tri-Cities, Adjunct Instructor, 2023–present



Traeger et al. 2023. “Super-Resolution Imaging of Plant Receptor-Like Kinases Uncovers their Colocalization and Coordination with Nanometer Resolution." Membranes 13(2): 143. DOI: 10.3390/membranes13020142


Riahin et al. 2022.“Near Infrared Emitting Semiconductor polymer Dots for Bioimaging and Sensing.” Sensors 22: 7218. DOI: 10.3390/s22197218

Riahin et al. 2022. “Hydroporphyrin-Doped Near-Infrared-Emitting Polymer Dots for Cellular Fluorescence Imaging.” ACS Applied Material Interfaces 14(18), 20790-20801. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.2c02551


Morrin et al. 2020. “Polyelectrolyte Surface Diffusion in a Nanoslit Geometry." Macromolecules, 53 (10), 4110-4120.

Traeger and Schwartz. 2020. “Interplay of Electrostatic Repulsion and Surface Grafting Density on Surface-Mediated DNA Hybridization.” Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 566: 369-374. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2020.01.070


Traeger et al. 2019. “Influence of Oligonucleotide Grafting Density on Surface-Mediated DNA Transport and Hybridization." ACS Nano 13: 7850-7859. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.9b02157


Traeger and Schwartz. “Surface-Mediated DNA Hybridization: Effects of DNA Conformation, Surface Chemistry, and Electrostatics. Langmuir 33: 12651-12659 DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b02675