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Since more than a decade now, giant vesicles are objects that fascinate and, at times, surprise us. These giants are only a few tens of microns in size and this defines their unique property: they are visible under a light microscope and provide a handy biomimetic tool for displaying directly the response of the membrane on the cell-size scale. Our group employs them for systematic measurements of the properties of lipid bilayers as a function of membrane composition and phase state, surrounding media, and temperature. We also investigate membrane responses to external factors such as ions, amphiphilic (biomacro)molecules and polymers, membrane-wetting aqueous phases, hydrodynamic flows or electromagnetic fields. The objectives of our group are to understand fundamental cellular phenomena and morphologies of cell organelles as well as to identify general mechanisms underlying cellular processes.

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Sequential bottom-up assembly of mechanically stabilized synthetic cells by microfluidics, Weiss et al., Nature Materials (2017) in press DOI: 10.1038/nmat5005

Phase behavior of charged vesicles under symmetric and asymmetric solution conditions monitored with fluorescence microscopy, Kubsch et al., JoVE (2017) in press DOI:10.3791/56034


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November, 2017: Bastian defended his PhD thesis!

October, 2017: Petia Vlahovska rejoined the group as a Humboldt research fellow; Natalia Wilkosz joined the lab

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