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This is the website of the Soft Matter Physics
Division (Physik der weichen Materie) of the University of Leipzig.
Our research is dedicated to the broad field of biological physics. In
particular, our work focuses on the study of mechanical properties and
behavior of polymer networks as well as whole biological cells. It is our
primary objective to investigate the underlying physical mechanisms responsible
for the observed active and passive behavior of biological soft matter.
Special attention is given to the exploration of cancer as well as neuronal
growth. Our methods and instruments used to manipulate and characterize
polymers, polymer networks, cells, and tissues include epifluorescence
microscopy, confocal laser scanning microscopy, spinning disk microscopy,
optical tweezers, optical stretchers, rheometer, micromanipulators, and
scanning force microscopy.
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