Public lecture: Using Physics to Study Life on the Cellular and Molecular Scale

University of Hull - Venn Building

16 April 2015
Wilberforce LT01, Hull Campus, 6.30pm

Presented by: Urbaan M. Titulaer (Institute for Theoretical Physics), Johannes Kepler University (Linz, Austria)

What can physics bring to the study of living matter at the most basic, cellular level? This talk will describe three different physical methods in use at Johannes Kepler University to study cells and bio-molecules:

  • The transport of ions through cell membranes by means of tiny electrodes;
  • The use of advanced optical techniques to measure very precisely the location of a bio-molecule;
  • And the location of antigen sites on a cell membrane through measurements of the attractive force between an antibody and the antigen.

These different techniques will demonstrate the contribution that physics and physicists can make to experimental molecular and cellular biology.

Thanks are expressed to the Ferens Educational Trust, whose support has made this talk possible.

For more information, please contact:

Department of Physics and Mathematics
Email: physics-maths@hull.ac.uk
Tel: 01482 465501

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