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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11/02/2019 Just published in Lab on a Chip:

Kareem and our collaborators from NPL and Delft introduce a novel platform for the characterisation of animicrobial peptides in Lab on a Chip!

4/1/2019 For the new year we just published our first paper in Nature Communications: Experimental evidence of symmetry breaking of transition-path times
In a collaboration with Felix Ritort, Jannes showed that transition-path times can be investigates and their symmetry broken in mesoscopic and microscopic systems. Congratulations!

27/12/2018 Just published in Nano Letters: Digital Data Storage Using DNA Nanostructures and Solid-State Nanopores

Kaikai, Jinglin, Jinbo and Nik show their new approach for data storage using nanopore sensing with DNA carriers. Highlighted here on Nanowerk!

27/11/2018 Just published in Adv. Func. Mat.: Two-step sensing enhanced nanopore sensing.

Jinglin, Kaikai and Jinbo show their new approach for nanopore sensing with DNA carriers. Congratulations!

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!