The research focus of our group addresses two questions:
(1) How can spatial and temporal patterns emerge in multicellular systems from cellular interactions and interactions between cells and their extracellular environment. We use microfluidic technologies, biomimetic gels and microscopes to address this question.
(2) How can spatial patterns and forces emerge at lipid membrane interfaces? We use synthetic lipid membranes, purified proteins and optical technologies to reconstitute mechanisms for membrane protein organization.
In a multidisciplinary approach our group makes use of the following technologies:
- Confocal fluorescence microscopy and FRAP
- Optical tweezer
- iScat setup
- Microfluidics und lithographic technologies
- Optical control of soft matter / Light-switchable proteins
- Synthetic lipid membranes
- Protein engineering and protein purification
- Cell biological methods, cell culture