Computational Biophysics Group

The Computational Biophysics group is an interdisciplinary team of scientists from different backgrounds but all with experience in computational modelling of biological systems and statistical mechanics. Our research focuses on the applications of statistical mechanics to soft-matter and complex biological systems. Our goal is to build simple models of natural complex systems, such as proteins, and in doing so learn their fundamental function and copy it into artificial systems.

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Protein Research

The protein research of the Computational Biophysics group aims at the understanding of the design and the folding of proteins. With computer simulations we study what allows proteins to use just about 20 building blocks to assemble the most variable and complex structures in nature. Proteins are also sophisticated molecular machines, that can walk push pull and even trap molecules and other proteins. An important goal of our work is to understand the function of specific proteins and design new molecular machines.

Material Science

Finally, We work on the construction of artificial chains of particles that can be designed and fold just like proteins, but are much simpler to control and synthesized