"Breaking barriers - physical chemistry in biological systems" series

27 04

PD2PI fellows are invited to join series of lectures entitled Breaking barriers - physical chemistry in biological systems.

Joining this enlightening scientific seminar series, you will discover the latest advancements in the field and gain new insights into the interface of physical chemistry and biology. Don't miss out on this opportunity to network with leading researchers and expand your knowledge in this fascinating area of study.

The schedule of the lectures:


30.05.2023, 11:00, Prof. Alex Evilevitch, Lund University

Alex Evilevitch`s research is in the area of Virus Biophysics. Research focuses on key physical mechanisms for infectivity and replication of double-stranded DNA and RNA viruses. Experimental model systems used in my group are dsDNA bacteriophages (phage lambda and phage T5), human Herpes viruses (e.g. HSV-1) and human Rotaviruses (dsRNA). I am specifically interested in physical mechanisms of DNA packaging and ejection from viral capsids, viral packaging motors, DNA structural transitions inside the capsids associated with infection, viral DNA ejection dynamics, assembly and mechanical stability of viral capsids, effects of molecular crowding on viral DNA ejection and viral replication in vivo, viral DNA condensation.
Zoom link
Meeting ID: 987 1478 8533 
Passcode: 710475


30.05.2023, 16:00, Prof. Vincent Rotello, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Vincent Rotello writes about his research interest: “A key issue in the use of nanomaterials is controlling how they interact with themselves and with the outer world. We take a multidisciplinary approach to this question, bringing together the fields of chemistry, biology, biomedical engineering and biology. Our research program focuses on the tailoring of nanoparticles of surfaces for a variety of applications, coupling the atomic-level control provided by organic synthesis with the fundamental principles of supramolecular chemistry. Using these nanoparticles, we are developing new strategies for biological applications.”
Zoom link
Meeting ID: 977 9052 2185 
Passcode: 657023


06.06.2023, 11:00, Prof. Maciej Wojtkowski, IChF & ICTER

Prof. Maciej Wojtkowski is a physicist specializing in applied optics, as well as medical and experimental physics. The main subject of his research is the development of new techniques of in vivo imaging, optical coherence tomography and low coherence interferometry applied to biomedical imaging. He has a significant impact on development of Fourier domain OCT (FdOCT) technique.

Zoom link
Meeting ID: 986 8805 0976 
Passcode: 274167


09.05.2023, 13:00, Prof. Rienk Eelkema, Delft University of Technology

Rienk Eelkema's research focuses on interactive organic and polymer materials in aqueous and biological environments. Main activities are in three areas: interactive soft materials using fuel-driven chemical reaction networks, biomolecule labelling, and responsive polymers in biomedical materials. His lab is currently focused on the development of signal responsive chemical reaction networks and their incorporation in polymer materials, the application of responsive polymer materials in biomedicine and radiotherapy and protein labeling for sequencing.

Zoom link
Meeting ID: 937 3620 2840 
Passcode: 133835


16.05.2023, 11:00, Prof. Lee Cronin, University of Glasgow

Lee Cronin and his team are trying to make artificial life forms, find alien life, explore the digitization of chemistry, understand how information can be encoded into chemicals and construct chemical computers.
Zoom link
Meeting ID: 999 7931 6446 
Passcode: 267046


23.05.2023, 12:00, Prof. Petra Schwille, Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry

In order to elucidate the fundamental features of life, Petra Schwille’s Department "Cellular and Molecular Biophysics" aims to (re)construct cellular processes, and ultimately minimal living cells, from dramatically simplified functional subsystems, such as proteins and protein assemblies. Besides being able to investigate biomolecular processes with unprecedented precision in cell-free environments, this approach will also provide insights about the emergence of complexity as a main driver of biological evolution. Ideally, this will help to identify the minimal prerequisites for cellular life, towards an understanding of this fascinating phenomenon from first principles.
Zoom link
Meeting ID: 940 1214 7328 
Passcode: 893538