Welcome to the web pages of the Biological Physics Group

The Kress group is working in the field of cellular biophysics with a research focus on the mechanical properties of living cells. We are particularly interested in cell mechanical processes which play a fundamental role in our immune system such as cell migration and the internalization of bacteria into immune cells (phagocytosis).

To enable this research, we are developing novel quantitative biophysical tools. These tools are based to a large extent on optical micromanipulation methods (optical tweezers) in combination with functionalized microparticles. In addition, we are using light microscopy with high temporal and spatial resolution, digital image processing and computer simulations.

Lab space and technical personnel are shared with the biophysics group of Prof. Matthias Weiss.

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