Biophysics and Bioengineering

From Cells to New Technologies – The BioPhysEng Track

Biophysics and Bioengineering • BioPhysEng Track

The underlying concept of the BioPhysEng Track is to combine molecular, biophysical approaches towards biology with cutting edge nanotechnology. Thereby, one strategy builds on the application of nanotechnological tools to broaden our understanding in biology. Equally important, another strategy is to make use of the wide variety of molecular functions provided by nature’s “nanomachines” such as enzymatic proteins as basis for an innovative, molecular-based nanobiotechnology.

The BioPhysEng Track combines life sciences and engineering. It focuses on the quantitative biophysical characterization of molecular machines, the understanding of the relevance of physical fields and forces in cell morphology and tissue formation, and the mutual enrichment of biotechnology and nanotechnology in what is known as molecular bioengineering. Research in the BioPhysEng Track utilizes the most modern technologies to characterize and engineer molecular-scale systems.

Specific research areas represented in the BioPhysEng include:

  1. biophysical approaches including single-molecule methods to study cellular machines (such as molecular motors) and fluid mechanics to study biological questions of cell morphology and tissue formation
  2. molecular bioengineering, which aims to utilize the molecular structures and principles from nature for the generation of novel materials
  3. integration of polymers and functionalized biomolecules
  4. biological self-assembly and self-organization on multiple scales, as well as
  5. minimal-system approaches and theoretical modeling.

Research Fields

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Biophysics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Polymer Sciences