Peter Kolb

The combination of plasmonic nanostructures and soft materials offers new possibilities in the field of sensor technology. Peter uses different lithography methods to develop gold nanodisk arrays integrated into Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrates. These are investigated for their use as force sensors for several applications in biophysics.

Lydia Rebehn

To determine the detailed structural properties of the focal adhesion protein complexes, Lydia uses Metal Induced Energy Transfer with Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy to get nanometer resolution. She is further investigating the complexities of the actin cytoskeleton using these techniques, demonstrating their effectiveness in clarifying molecular structures.

Michelle Schoft

Cells react to mechanical signals in their extracellular environment through mechanosensing. Michelle investigates the structural reorganization of focal adhesion complexes through Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy as well as atomic force microscopy. The combination of these techniques with Metal Induced Energy Transfer achieves nanometer resolution in the z-axis. 

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