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Molecular Transport in Cell Biology and Nanotechnology

Our lab is interested in the development and the application of novel optical techniques to investigate molecular transport in cell biology and nanotechnology. Building on our experience in single molecule biophysics and in the in vitro reconstruction of subcellular mechano-systems we study cooperative effects in motor transport and cell motility. Moreover we aim to apply biomolecular motor systems in a synthetic, engineered environment for the generation and manipulation of nanostructures. Thereby, our main emphasis is on the development of methods to control the nano-transport sytems by external signals in a spatio-temporal manner. Towards this end we investigate novel biotemplate-based nanostructuring techniques and fabricate smart composite surfaces, where active enzymes are embedded in stimuli-responsive polymer layers.

We are an interdisciplinary research group working at the B CUBE - Center for Molecular Bioengineering at the TU Dresden, as well as, at the MPI of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden.

Our research is currently funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the European Union, the Volkswagen Foundation, the TU Dresden and the Max Planck Society.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Stefan Diez, B CUBE, Technische Universität Dresden, Tatzberg 41, 01307 Dresden, Germany. Phone: +49 351 463 43010 -  Email: stefan.diez@tu-dresden.de