Who we are

We are a group of scientists at the Cavendish Lab, University of Cambridge, UK. Our research is focused on understanding transport processes through membranes.

The physics of ions, macromolecules and particles in confined geometries at the single molecule/-particle level is of particular interest. We exert maximum control over all parameters in our experiments using several techniques: DNA (origami) self-assembly, optical trapping, particle tracking, fluorescence microscopy, electrophysiology, or micro-/nanofluidics, often in combination.

Our interdisciplinary team combines researchers with expertise in physics, engineering, physical chemistry, biochemistry/biology, and micro- and nanofabrication.

In case you are interested in working with us, please get in touch with Ulrich by email: ufk20 (at) cam.ac.uk.

We gratefully acknowledge funding of our work from various sources including:

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21/06/2018 Just published in Nature Comm.: An artificial structure made from DNA flips lipids at record rates.

Alex published his work on an artificial enzyme that flips lipids in biological membranes. For more details on our journey from idea to the paper check out Alex' blog post. Congrats Alex and a big thank you goes to everybody in the Aksimentiev Group at Urbana-Champaign for the great collaboration!

02/06/2018 Just published in Nano Letters: Machine learning for complex nanopore data.

Karolis and Nik published their work on neuronal nets for DNA barcode analysis in Nano Letters. QuipuNet can analyze even folded data and increases the number of events by a factor of 5. Congratulations!

21/05/2018 PhD hat for Yizhou. Congratulations.

Yizhou passed his viva with minor corrections. Congratulations. Balancing the hat and getting more presents ... Well done and all the best for the future!