Molecular Biophysics

Biomolecules like DNA, RNA, and proteins are the building blocks of life. These building blocks are highly integrated devices and their biological function ranges from simple switches to molecular motors that transport charge along molecular rails to complex chemical synthesis units in which, for example, genetic information is replicated. Molecular biophysics develops methods to study the folding, binding and assembly, dynamics and energetics of biomolecules and their interaction in a quantitative manner. Examples of those methods used at the Department of Bioscience to include single molecule optical microscopy, single molecule optical and magnetic tweezers as well as computer simulations

Research groups involved: Dietz, Duderstadt, Rief, Zacharias