The Biological Soft Matter group is an experimental research group that focuses on the physical properties of living cells.
Our central aim is to understand the physical mechanisms that govern the self-organization and (active) mechanical properties of the cell’s cytoskeleton. We have two main research lines:
Key technologies in our lab are advanced microscopy, quantitative image analysis, optical tweezer manipulation, micropipette aspiration, UV laser ablation, optical microrheology and rheology. We strive to learn biological design principles that can be applied to new supramolecular materials with biomimetic properties, such as the incredible strength or active nature of living cells. At the same time, we contribute a physics component to the fields of mechanobiology and tissue engineering.