Biological and Soft Matter Physics
We model biological machinery in healthy and diseased states using approaches from soft matter physics and statistical mechanics, often driven far from thermodynamic equilibrium. Our current interests include cell reshaping and cutting by active filaments, protein assembly under chemical and mechanical gradients, and pathological amyloid aggregation. We closely collaborate with experimental colleagues on a range of systems, from living cells to synthetic settings. We are situated at IST Austria, close to Vienna, and are also affiliated with University College London.
- 01/22 Lena & Anne’s work on the physical mechanism for ESCRT-III-driven cell division, in collab with the Baum lab, is out in PNAS!
- 11/21 We are moving from University College London to IST Austria in Jan 2022 and have 2 postdoc positions available.
- 09/21 Alex’s & Ivan’s work on durotaxis of passive nanoparticles is out in ACS Nano.
- 12/20 Johannes’s paper on amyloid nucleation on fluid membranes is out in PNAS.
- 12/20 Andela selected as EMBO Young Investigator 2020.
- 11/20 We artificially evolved membrane-reshaping structures, now out in Phys Rev Lett.
- 11/20 How collagen got its stripes? Anne’s paper is on the cover of Biophys J.
- 10/20 Billie, Kevin, and Miguel joined our lab as PhD students.
- 09/20 Our collaboration with the Roux lab on ESCRT-driven membrane reshaping is out in Cell.
- 08/20 We developed a minimal model for archaeal cell division, with the Baum lab in Science.
- 05/20 Our simulations on the cover of Nature Chemistry.