Laboratory for Biophysics and Biomolecular Dynamics


In our lab we are interested in the use and development of novel physical techniques to study biomolecular interactions including proteins, DNA and RNA at the level of single molecules. The advantages of single-molecule detection are many, apart from the fascination of looking at individual biomolecules at work, single-molecule techniques can measure intermediates and follow time-dependent pathways of chemical reactions and folding mechanisms that are difficult or impossible to synchronize at the ensemble level. Thus, single-molecule fluorescence techniques, in combination with advanced microscopes and manipulation methods, provide novel insights into how molecules and systems behave, having the advantage that spatial and temporal averaging is avoided, temporal synchronisation is not necessary and novel phenomena, which otherwise are averaged and remain hidden in ensembles, may be discovered.

Our lab is part of the School of Physics and Astronomy (

and the Biomedical Science Research Complex (School of Biology) (

Our research applies elements of chemistry and physics to understand the complexity of biological systems.

In our lab, students with physics and chemistry backgrounds have opportunities to apply their expertise in instrumentation, synthesis and analysis to interesting biological problems; and students with biological background are exposed to state-of-the-art or emerging physical technologies that can substantially expand their biological research capabilities.