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.

Fabian Port

For the detailed analysis of the cellular mechano-response to stretch, Fabian develops a cell stretching device combined with an atomic force microscope.

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.

Carolin Grandy

Cells sense and respond to a variety of mechanical signals through mechanosensing. Carolin manipulates the cell shape using micropatterning as well as the environment of the cells by changing the substrate properties. As part of her research, she combines these techniques with metal-induced energy transfer for super resolution imaging of the z-dimension and atomic force microscopy.