Biophysics Research Unit
Our research focus
Biophysics is a highly interdisciplinary field which attempts to bridge the gap between biology and physics. Biology studies life in its variety and complexity. On the other hand, physics looks for mathematical laws of nature and makes detailed predictions about the forces that drive physical systems. The combination of these two seemingly opposing objectives is the challenge biophysics faces. In our group, we use single molecule microscopy techniques to gain insights into general aspects of membrane biophysics, neuroscience and immunology. By monitoring the localization and the dynamics of biomolecules we aim to understand their function in model systems as well as in living cells. The main tools used in our lab are fluorescence microscopy, Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) as well as super resolution imaging (STORM, PALM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM).