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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22/2/2021 New students joining the lab!
Part III project student Chengbo Wang will be working on OLA vesicles and analysis with machine learning. Ashleigh Ruane is starting her NanoDTC mini project on nanopore sensing. Yuan (Molly) Shu will be doing her MPhil project in teh next few months. Welcome to the KeyserLab!

8/2/2021 Successful PhD defense of Mustafa!
Mus defended his PhD thesis today. Of course socially distanced through an online viva. Congratulations for completing the PhD (barring the usual small corrections!) Good luck for the future, Dr. Caglar!

4/2/2021 Publications to start the new year!
Welcome to 2021 that hopefully allows us to return to normal. We are still active in the lab! Jinbo and our collaborators from the Nitschke group show that metalorganic cages can be used to tune the kinetics of DNA strand displacement reactions. Check out the nice results in Nano Letters. With our glass nanopores, Kaikai detects small oligo-labels on DNA that were attached by methyltransferases from the Weinhold Lab. Our position resolution approaches a few 10bp nowas shown in ACS nano. Our work on transport through porous 2D materials are put into context in a nice review that Mustafa published in J.Phys.D.

5/10/2020 Sarah and Mohammed join as PhD students. Welcome!

Sarah joins our nanopore sensing efforts funded by NanoDTC and ONT.

Mohammed is a Sensors CDT PhD who will work on DNA nanotechnology and nanopore sensing.