Biological Adhesives

MEMBERS

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Dr VAN DE WEERDT Cécile

Dr VAN DE WEERDT Cécile
Université de Liège
avenue de l'hopital B34
4000 Liège
BELGIUM
C.Vandeweerdt@ulg.ac.be

WG1

Research interest

Biomimetics

 

WG 1
Pr VANCSO G. Julius

 

Pr VANCSO Julius
Chair
University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
NETHERLANDS
g.j.vancso@utwente.nl
http://mtpgroup.nl/

WG2

Research interest

Macromolecular nanotechnology, polymer materials chemistry, surface engineering, stimulus responsive polymers

Specialized technique available in my lab

Atomic Force Microscopy


WG 2
Dr VARELA COELHO Ana

Dr VARELA COELHO Ana

Researcher, Mass Spectrometry Group Leader
Instituto de Tecnologia Quimica e Biologica
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Av Republica, EAN
2781-901 Oeiras
PORTUGAL
varela@itqb.unl.pt
http://www.itqb.unl.pt/research/technology/mass-spectrometry

WG1, WG2

Additional comment

The information obtained with the powerful mass spectrometry methodology is fundamental for structural characterization of chemical and biochemical species. Besides accurate mass determination it is possible to perform controlled fragmentation of molecular ions, which allows obtaining detailed structural information for comparative identification and characterization of organic compounds, peptides and proteins.
The ITQB/IBET Mass Spectrometry (MS) Laboratory is a research and service laboratory, included in the Analytical Service Unit, which is certified as OCDE Good Laboratory Practice. The main objective of our work is implementation and development of MS methodologies and its applications to the study of biological systems, in particular with biotechnological and biomedical applications. Those methods have been used to support academica studies contracted mainly with the pharmaceuthical industry and research projects.
The MS Laboratory is one of the nodes of the Mass Spectrometry Portuguese Network. We collaborate in several working groups, namely know-how exchange, training and bioniformatics. We are involved in projects that allow the development and implermentation of new MS applications, namely involving identification of proteins, their characterization and studies on their biological interactions. We also intend to go deeper on the development of protein characterization methods, namely in what concerns post-translational modifications, in particular, phosphorylations. Furthermore, we are also working on the development of faster methods for sample preparation for protein identification. After having implemented methods for the identification of proteins by LC-MSMS and using MALDI-TOF-TOF data we also would like to extend the aplicability of this methods, namelly coupling them with quantitation methods for biomarker discover and with microdissection allowing the identification of biomolecules in histological preparations.

analytics
aquatic
animals
invertebrates
biomolecules
liquid chromatography
mass spectrometry
proteomics
spectrophotometry
elemental analysis
WG 1
WG 2
Dr VARENBERG Michael

Dr Michael VARENBERG
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Technion City
32000 Haifa
Israel
Tel. 97248292083
michaelv@technion.ac.il

curriculum vitae

Expertise

  • Materials, Physical and Nanosciences
    • tribology
    • adhesion
    • friction
    • wear
WG 2
Dr VASSALLI Massimo

Dr VASSALLI Massimo
Researcher
Institute of Biophysics of the National Research Council of Italy
Via De Marini, 6
16149 Genova
ITALY
massimo.vassalli@cnr.it

WG2, WG3

Living organisms are made by a very efficient self-assembly of molecular components with selected mechanical and chemical properties. A deep knowledge of the basic mechanisms underlying this process will open the possibility to synthesize new artificial molecules with tailored physical properties. Our research group addresses this problem from a biophysical point of view, measuring the forces driving the dynamics of the system with a multi-scale approach, from single molecules up to fibers and substrates.

In particular, the research topics currently under investigation are related to the use of atomic force microscopy (AFM) to perform force spectroscopy measurements on several systems:
- single molecule force spectroscopy (SMFS) characterization of the mechanical properties of an Elastin-inspidered synthetic peptide.
- characterization of the adhesion of single cancer cells to a surface functionalised with an extra-cellular matrix protein (Fibronectin) by means of AFM based single-cell force spectroscopy.
- measurement of the elastic properties of the fibers obtained for self-aggregation of a chimeric protein engineered by fusing three sequences  
coming from different proteins with important mechanical properties: Resilin, Elastin and Collagen. Applications are actually running on the cytotoxicity of the produced compound.

With reference to the topic of the COST action, we recently started an application of AFM based techniques to the study of the adhesion of biofouling agents. We performed a morphological study of a fouling resistant natural surface (the eye of a crab) as a template for artificial anti-fouling materials and we are now planning to extend the study towards the direct measurement of the adhesion of bio-fouling agents.

Other technique available in the lab: AFM system coupled with fluorescence microscopy for integrated investigation of biological samples in liquid environment.

mechanics
imaging
biomimetics
biofouling
biofilms
terrestrial
aquatic
plants
algae
cells
biomolecules
biomaterials
nanomaterials
tissue (skin, bone, teeth, etc.)
fluorescence microscopy
atomic force microscopy
nanoindentation
cell culture
microbiological culture
WG 2
WG 3
Dr VOIGT Dagmar

Dr VOIGT Dagmar
PostDoc


Technische Universität Dresden,
Institute for Botany

Helmholtzstraße 10
D-01062 Dresden
GERMANY
dagmarvoigt@web.de


http://tu-dresden.de/die_tu_dresden/fakultaeten/fakultaet_mathematik_und_naturwissenschaften/fachrichtung_biologie/botanik/

WG2, WG3

 

surfaces
wettability
biology
ecology
wet adhesion
terrestrial
plants
animals
invertebrates
biomaterials
scanning electron microscopy
light microscopy
fluorescence microscopy
pull-off force tester
cryomicroscopy
WG 2
WG 3
Dr VON BYERN Janek

Dr VON BYERN Janek
Post-Doc
University of Vienna
Fac. of Life Science, CIUS, Althanstrasse 14
1090 Vienna
AUSTRIA
Janek.von.Byern@univie.ac.at

www.adhesion.at

WG1, WG2, WG3, WG4

Research interest

Chemical bonding systems, glandular morphology, development of adhesive mechanisms

Specialized technique available in my lab

Histology, ultrastructure, video documentation

WG 3

NEWS

2016-11-3

Tue, 2016-11-01

COST CA15216 ENBA

A new COST Action dedicated to biological and biomimetic adhesives is starting on November 1st 2016. The Action is entitled “European Network...

2015-2-2

Fri, 2015-02-06

Interface Focus

The final publication of our Action TD0906 has just appeared as the latest theme issue of the Royal Society journal, Interface Focus: http://rsfs....