Our research ranges from the biophysics of DNA to synthetic cells and beyond. Please have a look below at the spectrum of our current projects.

Bacterial biophysics and bottom up biology

Our group studies bacterial cell division and is aiming to constitute a ‘bottom up biology’ in synthetic cells that can autonomously divide. Our main interest lies in cell division, chromatin structure, and spatial control. We use nanofabricated microfluidic structures to pattern spatial boundaries for bacteria and biomimetic vesicles with reconstituted protein networks and this assess the fundamental role of spatial confinement at the molecular and cellular level. Our projects include the following: