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In our lab we develop state-of-the-art measurements and analysis capabilities that enable us to study self-assembled biomolecules in solutions. Our basic work in model membranes, amyloids, viruses, and microtubules allowed us to form a solid ground for addressing biological relevant assemblies. 

Studying relatively simple model systems, where fundamental physical chemistry questions can be addressed in great detail is essential for understanding complex biological structures. Our goal is to use, develop, and improve analysis tools towards high-resolution complex structures as well as for time-resolved measurements of various biomolecular dynamic architectures. Our challenges are to address assembled structures that can attain equilibrium as well as dissipative self-assembled structures that operate out-of-equilibrium owing to a constant supply of chemical energy. This mode of assembly is ubiquitous in nature but is poorly understood. This knowledge has biomedical implications in drug design and is required for developing novel biomaterials, advanced drug-delivery formulations, nanoreactors, and for displaying antigens for vaccine applications.

 

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