Biological and Soft Systems
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Research areas include biophysics, biomaterials, nanoscience and Physics of Medicine, using techniques and inspirations from classical polymer physics, soft matter physics and the study of condensed matter
The 21st Century promises a major expansion at the interface of physics with the life sciences. These areas fall outside the conventional boundaries of the scientific disciplines of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Medicine, requiring a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach.
The Biological and Soft Systems group of the Cavendish Laboratory is pursuing this kind of multidisciplinary research. Using techniques and inspirations from classical polymer physics, soft matter physics and the study of condensed matter, we build on this foundation with exciting progress in biophysics, biomaterials, nanoscience and Physics of Medicine. The BSS Sector is ideally placed, with the right expertise, to be a major player in these exciting new areas of science.
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(APS, 2017-10-18)We investigate the isotropic, uniaxial nematic and biaxial nematic phases, and the transitions between them, for a model lyotropic mixture of flexible molecules consisting of two rigid rods connected by a spacer with ...
Perspective: Differential dynamic microscopy extracts multi-scale activity in complex fluids and biological systems Differential dynamic microscopy (DDM) is a technique that exploits optical microscopy to obtain local, multi-scale quantitative information about dynamic samples, in most cases without user intervention. It is proving ...