From subcellular processes to populations, cells are fascinating and critical biological units. Physics can help understand their often complex behaviour, and can complement biological approaches. This often involves pushing known techniques to new limits, or inventing new ones. In addition, progress in understanding biology often requires new conceptual and quantitative frameworks.
The group has a distinguished history in both theory and experiment, from the foundations of polymer science continuing today into many developments of colloid and interface systems. We are interested in application and development towards novel composite or functional materials, and also in the application of soft condensed matter concepts to the understanding of biological materials and structures.
The work and expertise of the BSS sector includes innovative approaches towards diagnostics and disease screening. Much of this revolves around optical and other forms of imaging and image analysis. The microfluidics development carried out by various BSS members also has potential for clinical applications.