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Dr Phil Jones

Dr Zhirong Liu

Chris Fury

Chris Richards

Tom Smart

Nick Tidy

Kiran Govind

Alice Shipley


Onofrio Marago; NanoSoft Lab, IPCF-CNR, Messina, Sicily

Giovanni Volpe; Soft Matter Lab, Bilkent University, Ankara

Burcin Unlu; Medical Physics Group, Bogazici University, Istanbul

Eleanor Stride; Biomedical Ultrasonics & Biotherapy Lab, Oxford University

Ferruccio Renzoni; Department of Physics & Astronomy, UCL

NOIs Collaboration; UC Cork, TU Wien, U Innsbruck & Institute of Spectroscopy, Moscow

UCL Ultra-High Resolution Microscopy Collaboration; Jonathan Ashmore, Angus Bain & Guy Moss

Jixiong Pu; Huaqiao University

An experimental research group, based in the Biological Physics (BioP) section of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCL.


The UCL Optical Tweezers Group, autumn 2013
(L-R) Chris F, Tom, Chris R, Alessandro

P H Jones, O M Marago & G Volpe

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Available from CUP or Amazon from 03 Dec 2015

Optical Tweezers: Principles & Applications featured in Nature Photonics New titles at a glance

Congratulations to Chris F for submitting his thesis

Tom & Chris R are attending the Photonex London meeting Mon 11 Apr 16 with a poster about our red blood cell stretching work recently published in Scientific Reports

We have been awarded an Institutional Links grant from the British Council Newton Fund with Dr Burcin Unlu (Bogazici University)

Our paper on assessing the stiffness of red blood cells from patients with diabetic retinopathy is published in Scientific Reports 6 15873 (2016)

Optical Tweezers: Principles and Applications reviewed in J Quant Spect Rad Transf: "...a must for all Ph.D. students, researchers, and engineers..."

Optical trapping and manipulation of nanostructures' Nat. Nanotech. 8 807-819 (2013) reaches 100 citations (Scopus)

Dr Zhirong Liu has joined the group as a visiting researcher from East China Jiaotong University

Onofrio Marago and Giovanni Volpe are visiting this week, 02 Mar 16

PhD project Nanomechanical characterisation of soft materials available for 2016 applicants to the CDT in Advanced Characterisation of Materials

Optical Tweezers: Principles & Applications published by Cambridge University Press now available in the Americas, Feb 2016

Five undergraduate summer research bursaries with the UCL Institute for the Physics of Living Systems available for summer 2016

Optical trapping and manipulation of nanostructures' Nat. Nanotech. 8 807-819 (2013) ranked in the top 1% of cited papers in Physics in Web of Science

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