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Dr Phil Jones

Chris Fury

Chris Richards

Tom Smart

Xiang Han

Nick Tidy

Stefan Siwiak-Jaszek


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

Eleanor Stride; Biomedical Ultrasonics & Biotherapy Lab, Oxford University

Martin Christlieb; Gray Cancer Institute & 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

Gianluca Memoli; National Physical Laboratory

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

PhD Positions in Biological Physics

The Biological Physics Group will have PhD positions available to start in September 2015.  See the group website for possible research topics.

Optics Express & JOSA B Joint Special Issue

The OSA Technical Group on Optical Cooling & Trapping is organising a joint Special Issue of the journals Optics Express and JOSA B on this theme.  Submit papers by 05 Jan 15.

Photonics Special Issue

There will be a Special Issue of the Journal Photonics on the theme of Optical Trapping in Biology and Nanotechnology, due for publication in August 2015.  Submit papers by 15 May 15.

Phil is giving a talk at the UCL Institute for the Physics of Living Systems monthly meet-up on Optical tweezers for biology and soft matter; Wed 04 Mar 15

Crick Symposium: Biophysics and Bioengineering across scales - from molecules to tissues; Wed 25 Feb 15

Phil will be at SPIE Photonics West to give a talk about Dynamical Stabilisation in Optical Tweezers

Julia Yeomans (Oxford) will give the Physics Department colloquium on Active matter; Wed 04 Feb 15

Martin Howard (John Innes Centre) will give the IoP Tom Duke Prize Lecture on Physics in biology: how to set the size of a cell; Wed 28 Jan

Roel Dullens (Oxford) is giving the Physical Chemistry seminar on Dynamic mode locking in driven colloids; Wed 28 Jan

Mark Leake (York) is giving today's LCN/Biophysics seminar on Probing DNA interactions with proteins at the single-molecule level inside the cell, in a test tube, and in a computer

MAPS Faculty Research Festival Wed 07 Jan 15, including talk by Phil on Current Research in Biological Physics

Special Issue of Photonics on the theme Optical Trapping in Biology and Nanotechnology. Submit papers by 15 May 15.

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