Proteins are the dynamic, mutli-functional nanomachines of biology. Different polypeptides can have roles as enzymes, pumps for nutrient uptake, drug receptors, antibodies and structural components, or many others. In the MNP group, we explore the biophysical properties of proteins of interest and even use them for proof-of-concept nanotechnological applications, inspired by biological systems. In order to both understand and manipulate proteins, we take a multi-disciplinary approach, including biochemistry, spectroscopy, nano/micro-fabrication and various microscopies (AFM, EM, fluorescence).
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