Cell Biophysics

Regulation of Cell Fate with Soft Complex Interfaces
Fluorinated lipids form immiscible clusters in fluid lipid membranes. Functionalizing these clusters opens possibilities to regulate cell growth on such a surface.
Complex materials such as pH-switchable diblock-copolymers allow the creation of  unique controllable interfaces for cell growth. Among other techniques, x-ray or neutron reflectivity are powerful tools to study these thin soft films.
Selected Publications:
- Tanaka, et al., J. Phys. Cond. Mat. (2005) review, pdf
- Rehfeldt et al., JPC (2006), part 2
- Gege et al., ChemPhysChem (2004)
- Purrucker et al., SoftMatter (2007)
- Tanaka et al., Langmuir (2007)