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== '''Welcome to the Frankel Group''' ==  
== '''Welcome to the Frankel Group''' ==  
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We are interested in the forces that hold together biological systems. For example the forces that hold together cancer cells in a tumor and the forces that bind drugs to a cell surface. The misfiring of these biological interactions can lead to,or be a result of disease. Thus the ultimate goal of our research is to inform the development of disease treatments based on knowledge of biological interactions. Work is highly interdisciplinary involving physics, engineering, biomedicine and chemistry.
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We are interested in the reductionist approach to biology which considers complex biological systems as machines allowing us to apply the laws of physics and rules of engineering to understand such systems. In particular we are working on building bio/machine hybrids bringing biological sensitivity and control to robotic devices. We are also interested in constructing artificial viruses for drug delivery (without the nasty infectious bits!!) and understanding/exploiting the ultimate bio/machine interface, the cell membrane. <br>  
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Specifically we are looking at the following systems: <br>  
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▪. '''Unfolding Disease One Molecule at a Time''' - '' Proteins involved in disease such as HIV, cancer and arthritis are potential therapeutic targets. Their unfolding and self assembly behaviour is examined at the single molecule level revealing insight into their function.'' <br>
▪. '''Unfolding Disease One Molecule at a Time''' - '' Proteins involved in disease such as HIV, cancer and arthritis are potential therapeutic targets. Their unfolding and self assembly behaviour is examined at the single molecule level revealing insight into their function.'' <br>

Revision as of 09:56, 23 June 2013

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LATEST NEWS !!

HIV paper makes front cover of Soft Matter:

Biorobot paper accepted!!

4 new papers in print related to protein unfolding

Welcome to the Lab to new PhD student Ana from Ecuador.

Cyberplasm receives media attention, here is the original press release living microrobot

Congratulations to Orr Yarkoni for passing his PhD viva for a thesis entitled "Engineering an inducible NO pathway to facilitate cell-electronics communication"

Congratulations to Darman Nordin for passing his PhD viva for a thesis entitled "Interaction of the extracellular matrix protein fibronectin with model cell membranes"


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