Sector of Biological and Soft Systems (BSS)
The 21st Century promises a major expansion at the interface of physics with the biological sciences and nanotechnology. These are areas which fall outside the conventional boundaries of the scientific disciplines of Chemistry, Physics and Biology, requiring a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach. The Biological and Soft Systems Sector of the Cavendish Laboratory (BSS), formed in 2004, is pursuing such multidisciplinary research. Using techniques and inspirations from classical polymer physics, soft matter physics and the physics of condensed matter, we build on this foundation with exciting progress in protein folding, biomaterials, cell biophysics and nanoscience, using theoretical, computational, and experimental methods. The BSS Sector is ideally placed, with the right expertise, to be a major player in these exciting new areas of science.
BSS is also a significant part of the Physics of Medicine initiative, and much of our research activity now takes place within the new Centre for the Physics of Medicine.
Our Key Strengths are:
02 September 2014Poster Prize The work of BSS PhD student Lucia Parolini has been recognised with the Poster Prize (and 200 euros!) at the EPS Liquid Matter conference in Lisbon last July - congratulations!
- The Formation of Amyloid-like Superstructures: On the Growth of Amyloid Spherulites in Bio-nanoimaging, FoderÓ V. and Donald A.M., Bio-nanoimaging: Protein Misfolding and Aggregation 301-308
- Mathematics for streamlined biofuel production from unicellular algae, Martin A. Bees, Ottavio A. Croze, Biofuels 5 53-65
- Analytical Model of Fractal Aggregate Stability and Restructuring in Shear Flows, B.O. Conchuir, Y. Harshe, M. Lattuada, A. Zaccone, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 53 9109-9119
- Bacterial nucleoid structure probed by active drag and resistive pulse sensing, Vivek V. Thacker, Krystyna Bromek, Benoit Meijer, Jurij Kotar, Bianca Sclavi, Marco Cosentino Lagomarsino, Ulrich F. Keyser and Pietro Cicuta, Integrative Biology 6 184
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