Fluorescent Nanodiamonds (FND) offer new potential in imaging and spectroscopy. They are biocompatible and therefore can be used inside of live cells. Frederike investigates, how FNDs can be functionalized to enable specific binding and develop novel sensors.
Samira studies the biophysical aspects of cellular aging and tries to
explore emergent features in the aging of multi-cellular assemblies using different techniques such as Microrheology, live cell video microscopy and scanning force microscopy.
Fenneke studies the mechanical properties of fibroblasts and how they depend on expressed integrin-type and experienced stress. Using microrheology, electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy, the physical properties of both living cells and extracted cytoskeleton components are determined at multiple length and time scales.
Patrick investigates the interactions of cellularly expressed integrins using atomic force microscopy. Furthermore, he is interested in the response of cells to mechanical stress.
For the detailed analysis of the cellular mechano-response to stretch, Fabian develops a cell stretching device combined with an atomic force microscope.
The goal of her project is to combine an artificial lung-on-a-chip with a strain sensor.
Metal induced energy transfer on cells