Soft Matter Physics Division - Biophysics at the University of Leipzig University of Leipzig

What is Biophysics?

Biophysics builds a bridge between biology and physics. It investigates the physical principles underlying biological processes. Biophysics operates on all levels of biological organization such as molecular or cellular level. One primary aspect of biophysical research is the analysis of dynamics of biological system as well as the connection between mechanical properties of biological material and its biological function, termed biomechanics.

Background Knowledge

Here, we provide some fundamental background knowledge on biophysics and our research work. This includes biological information as well as the introduction of important research methods and instruments.

Actin Dynamics and Kinetics

Polymer Physics

Cell Motility


Cell Signaling

Neurons and Neuronal Growth

Research Methods & Instruments:
Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM)

Fluorescence Microscopy

Optical Traps

Optical Stretcher & Rotator

Scanning Force Microscopy (SFM)

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