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.
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.