Research interests

The aim of our studies is to understand the dynamic regulation of adhesive contacts and of the cytoskeleton architecture of cells, and its resultant influence on cellular activities. In this context, we apply new optical and mechanical techniques and use novel micro- and nanostructured materials to perform adhesion and mechanical experiments on living cells. We also construct biomimetic models of protein networks with tunable complexity to untangle chemo-mechanical properties of the cytoskeleton and the adhesion complex.

 

Methods applied

Nanolithography, surface functionalisation, force measurements, optical and electron microscopy, mechanical stimulation of cells