KeyserLab @ Cambridge

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)

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

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12/2/2018 New paper on voltage sensing with DNA origami out in Nano Letters! Congratulations to Elisa and Clare for the great work.

12/1/2018 Alex Ohmann wins Poster Prize at Cavendish Research Day Congratulations!

Alex presented his recent work on how to build artificial enzymes with DNA self-assembly that flip lipids in biological membranes. More details on his research can be found here in our preprint.

1/10/2017 Nikki Weckman, Diana Sobota, and Adrian Leathers join the lab. Welcome.

Nikki joins our nanopore sensing efforts as a postdoctoral researcher.

Diana is a Winton PhD fellow who will develop novel DNA nanostructures for membranes.

Adrian is a visiting ERASMUS student from EPFL who will work on the physics of channels.