Again we go for retreat at the Lago di Como (Italy). Excellent science, food, drinks, culture and discussions. Meaningful pictures are available on the group file server.
A big big good bye and a farewell to Christian Bippes. After having been for more than 8 years with the lab Christian decided to join Nanosurf, an AFM company close to Basel. After having beeing inspired by Christians art of cooking every labmember gave her/his best to prepare a speciality of the home country. It was a long evening we enjoyed Swiss, Italian, German, Spanish, Indian, Scottish, US, Argentinian, Chinese, Finnish, Armenian and Russian food. It was fantastic and Christian is welcome to join and leave the lab as often as he can ;-)) Best wishes from us all to Christian - it was wonderful having you as colleague!
Global challenges - Opportunities for Nanotechnology! We organize the workshop for PhD students and postdocs at San Servolo at Venice, Italy. The organisators Christoph Gerber from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (Basel), Hermann Gaub from the Center for Nanoscience (CeNS, Munich), and we from the ETH Zurich together with the Jean-Marie Lehn, Gerd Binnig and Viola Vogel coached the PhD students and postdocs to foster the awareness for the global challenges by an analysis of the current major problems. More information can be found at: http://www.cens.de/international/joint-workshops/globalchallenges13/
Welcome to Richard Newton from Scotland (we learn that this does not mean that Rich is from England!!!). Rich is our newest, youngest and xxxx PhD student.
Welcome to Roland Goers! Roland joins our group as a master student. He will do his master thesis together with Wolfgang Meiers group (Uni Basel) and Dimitrios Fotiadis group (Uni Bern).
Good bye and farewell to Michael Zocher. After having been working, publishing, and graduating Michael decided that its time to support innovations. He will continue his career as a patent attorney at Munich. Good luck, have fun, and go and staple as much money as you can! ;-)
Happy new year and a very warm welcome to our new PhD students Alessandra Franchino (Italy) and Estefania Mulvihill (Argentina/Italy). Alessandra received her Masters in molecular and cellular biotechnology from the University Milano and after this worked shortly in a biotech company at the Netherlands. Estefania received her masters in biotechnolgy from the university of Florence.
Kings of the Day
We sadly say goodbye to Izhar Medalsy. Izhar will join Bruker at Santa Barbara to participate in the development of new AFMs. We will miss him! Mazel tov Izhar!!!
Double congratulations to David Martinez Martin. David received a prestigious EMBO postdoctoral fellowship and the research award from the Spanish Royal Academy.
We welcome David Martinez Martin who will be a new postdoc of our group. David has an impressive background on building different AFM for the multifunctional high-resolution imaging. In a joint project with Christoph Gerber and Tony Hyman David will develop a new AFM for biophysical measurements.
The triple PhD is done! Gratulations to Shiho, Michael, and Martin who all three passed their PhD exams and got their crown ;-)
PhD defense of Michael Zocher at Basel.
Welcome Tania! From today on Tania Serdiuk will join our laboratory as PhD student. Tania did her masters at Kiev National Taras Shevchenko University, Ukraine, and at the Institute of Nanotechnologies INSA, Lyon, France.
PhD defense of Martin Stewart at Dresden.
PhD defense of Shiho Kawamura at Basel.
We congratulate David Martinez Martin for being awarded by a long-term EMBO postdoctoral fellowship. David will join our lab soon to develop a new promising nanotechnology to quantify cellular processes.
Group retreat at the lake of Como, Italy.
Gratulations to Patrick Bosshart who today passed his PhD exams. The extensive party destroyed many brain cells of (formerly) talented students ;-) Pictures are under censorship and available from patrick who is now joining the Dimitrios Fotiadis group at the University of Berne.
We welcome our new PhD students Mitasha Bharadwaj (India) and Rafayel Petrosyan (Armenia). Mitasha received her MSc Biotechnology from the Amity University, New Delhi. Rafayel received his MSc Nanobiophysics from the TU Dresden, Germany.
Two new stars are born! We all congratulate Johannes Thoma and Nico Strohmeyer for successfully passing their Master Exam.
'Bienvenue' or "welkom' to Joost te Riet from the University of Nijmegen.
As an EMBO fellow Joost will stay at our lab for 3 months and work on a cell adhesion project.
A very warm 'benvenuta' to Barbara Sorce. Barbara is a postdoc and Marie Curie Fellow (FP7-SBMP) coming form the University of Bologna and Lecce. In our lab Barbara will develop new nanotechnological approaches to study the mechanics of single cells.
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A big welcome to Miao Yu. Miao is our new PhD student sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In our lab Miao will characterize membrane receptors regulating cell adhesion.
A very warm 'bienvenue' to Viciane Grimard from the University of Brussels. As EMBO fellow Viciane will stay at our lab for 3 months and work on a single-molecule force spectroscopy project.
A new star is born! We all congratulate Susanne Wegmann for passing her successful PhD exams at the ETH Zürich. After all formalities have been done she will be the NEW Dr. in our lab. The photo shows Susanne at the beginning of extensive celebrations. Photos at later stage may be available upon request ;-)
We welcome Iordan Iordanov as a temporary labmember of our group. Iordan is a Marie-Curie-Fellow (FP 7) and performs his PhD at the University Toulouse, France. In our lab Iordan will perform single-molecule studies to characterize structural and functional properties of membrane proteins he prepared for NMR studies.
We congratulate Clemens Möller for accepting his full professorship in biophysics at the Life Sciences Faculty at the Albstadt-Sigmaringen University, Germany. Clemens was the first PhD student of our lab and gained considerable experience as research group leader at the pharmacological industry. More info at: http://www.hs-albsig.de
A very welcome to Ulf Hensen, our new scientist on the block!!! Ulf hast obtained his PhD at MPI of Biophysical Chemistry Göttingen. In the scientific group of Helmut Grubmüller, Ulf has worked using and developing tools for molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of proteins. Infos at http://www.mpibpc.mpg.de/home/grubmueller/index.html
We congratulate Harald Janovjak for his new position as Assistant Professor at the I.S.T. Austria.
Harald was one of the first PhD students at our laboratory and did a great postdoc at Berkeley. Infos at http://www.ist.ac.at/research/research-groups/janovjak-group/
We congratulate Michael Krieg for receiving the Deutscher Studienpreis of the Körber-Stiftung.
The price will give Michael a great time at USA. From December 2010 on Michael will join the Stanford School of Medicine as a postdoc.
We welcome our new lab member Nico Strohmeyer.
Nico is a Master student of our lab.
We congratulate Martin Stewart, Jonne Helenius and Ramanthan Subramaniam to their newest paper "Hydrostatic pressure and the actomyosin cortex drive mitotic cell rounding" which was accepted by Nature!
We welcome our new lab member Moritz Pfreundschuh.
Moritz is a PhD student of the Molecular Life Science Graduate School of ETH and University Zürich.
We welcome our new lab member Cédric Cattin.
Cédric is a PhD student who received his Msc in Nanosciences at the University of Basel.
The Biophysics Laboratory develops and applies bionanotechnological tools to quantitate and control biological processes. The biophysics laboratory was established 2010 at the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering of the ETH Zürich in Basel. The laboratories expertise is highly interdisciplinary and combines molecular and cell biology, biophysics, engineering, and nanotechnology. This expertise is focused towards answering pertinent questions in systems biology. These are quantifying the molecular interactions that drive cell biological processes, manipulating these processes at molecular precision, and guiding biological processes in synthetic systems.
Investigating mitosis of a single cancer cell by Atomic Force Spectroscopy (for more information see M. Stewart et al. Nature (2011) 469, 226-230).
We develop existing and new imaging approaches to characterize native biological objects in physiological environment down to a resolution of ≈ 1 nm. Time-lapse imaging allows observing single molecules at work and to understand their structure-function relationship. Multifunctional approaches allow to image the biological specimen at high-resolution and at the same time to quantify physical, chemical and biological parameters.
We apply and develop force spectroscopy approaches to quantify and localize interactions of single proteins. Applied to membrane proteins we can follow their unfolding and folding pathways, and stabilization and destabilization. We can quantify interactions and interaction networks established upon signal transduction, protein assembly, and ligand-, inhibitor-, and drug-binding.
We apply and develop force spectroscopy approaches to quantify the adhesion of single cells with their environment. We can identify the contribution of single membrane receptors to the cell adhesion and characterize the crosstalk of receptors regulating each other.
Which are the mechanisms guiding cell rounding and shape? We develop new assays that allow to quantify the molecular mechanisms that contribute to cell rounding, volume and shape.
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