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:
- Mechanics of biological networks: from the cell cytoskeleton to connective tissue, R.H. Pritchard, Y.Y.S. Huang, E.M. Terentjev, Soft Matter 10 1864-1884
- Impact of heating on passive and active biomechanics of suspended cells, C. J. Chan, G. Whyte, L. Boyde, G. Salbreux and J. Guck, Interface Focus 4
- Local characterization of hindered Brownian motion by using digital video microscopy and 3D particle tracking, S. L. Dettmer, U. F. Keyser, S. Pagliara, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 85 023708
- Light-Directed Writing of Chemically Tunable Narrow-Band Holographic Sensors, A. K. Yetisen, H. Butt, F. d C. Vasconcellos, Y. Montelongo, C. A. B. Davidson, J. Blyth, L. Chan, J. B. Carmody, S. Vignolini, U. Steiner, J. J. Baumberg, T. D. Wilkinson, C. R. Lowe, Adv. Optical Mater. DOI: 10.1002/adom.201300375
- All sector publications...