The Biophysics group at F1 researches a broad range of new problems and challenges at the level of molecules, viruses, cells, tissues, and organisms, the biophysical topics being complemented by selected problems in soft matter physics. Very important aspects of the program are modeling and development of minimal models of structures and processes, such as epithelial tissues. The research program is firmly embedded in the global science, which is reflected in joint publications with partners from abroad, participation in bilateral projects and international networks, organization of scientific meetings, and student exchange.

Some of our research topics include:
  • Electrostatic interactions in complex fluids
  • Physics of DNA
  • Self-assembly of nanosize materials into largescale structures
  • Physics of viruses
  • Hydrogels
  • Wetting phenomena
  • Tissue mechanics

Selected publications:
  1. V. F. Fiore, M. Krajnc, F. G. Quiroz, J. Levorse, H. A. Pasolli, S. Y. Shvartsman, and E. Fuchs, Mechanics of a multilayer epithelium instruct tumour architecture and function, Nature 585, 433 (2020).
  2. J. Rozman, M. Krajnc, and P. Ziherl, Collective cell mechanics of epithelial shells with organoid-like morphologies, Nat. Commun. 11, 3805 (2020).
  3. M. Kanduč, E. Schneck, P. Loche, S. Jansen, H. J. Schenk, and R. R. Netz, Cavitation in lipid bilayers poses strict negative pressure stability limit in biological liquids, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 117 (20), 10733-10739 (2020).
  4. M. Kanduč, W. K. Kim, R. Roa, and J. Dzubiella, Aqueous Nanoclusters Govern Ion Partitioning in Dense Polymer Membranes, ACS Nano, 13 (10), 11224-11234 (2019).
  5. A. Šiber and P. Ziherl, Cellular Patterns. CRC Press, 2017.
  6. T. Dotera, T. Oshiro, and P. Ziherl, Mosaic two-lengthscale quasicrystals. Nature 506, 208-211 (2014).