Welcome to the Nanomechanics Lab
How does a cell work, mechanically? How do the individual components, molecules and proteins work to fulfill their cellular function?
Our long term goal is by applying and developing state-of-the-art single molecule techniques to learn more about the mechanical aspects of protein-protein interactions. How are these interactions mediated and realized on a single molecule level and what influences have intermolecular forces? Using optical tweezers, we want to approach and answer fundamental biological questions such as how chromosomes are pulled apart during cell division, how ion-channels are gated, and how DNA is deformed during homologous recombination. Our focus on answering specific biological questions inspires instrument development, which, in turn, we hope broadens the applicability of this technology in biology.
From left to right (Juli 2011):
Anita, Michael, Elisa, Tobias, Freddy, Mohammed, Steve, Erik, Deepikaa, Christine, Marcel, Avin
Our research activities are supported by the Emmy Noether Program of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) & the European Research Council (ERC starting Grant 2010).
We have open positions! Please contact Erik.
Biotechnology Center (BIOTEC)
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG)
Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPI-PKS)
Dresden International Graduate School (DIGS-BB)

fon: +49-351-463-40360/-40341 fax: +49-351-463-40342
paper mail: Tatzberg 47-51, 01307 Dresden, Germany
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