Biological polymers and bionanotechnology
Bionanotechnology is a branch of nanotechnology which uses biological starting materials, utilises biological design or fabrication principles, or is applied in medicine or biotechnology.
We develop fabrication techniques and material assembly methods to create structures and environments which can be used to control and study mammalian cells.
Microfluidics is plumbing at the microscale, controlling fluids in channels with a diameter comparable to a human hair or smaller. We are using micro- and nanofluidic systems to study biological interactions and automate complex processes for biomedical applications.
Simple coarse-grain systems are developed to mimic and study the interaction of biological molecules resorting to Monte Carlo simulations. Systems of interest include the formation of polyplexes, condensation of macromolecules onto model lipid membranes and the condensation of DNA in model bacterial cells.