Can we controllably engineer soft-matter devices that resemble biological cells in form and function? Can we integrate living cells as modules within such devices, yielding hybrid microsystems that generate their own energy, self-repair, make decisions, and respond to their environment? Can we use them in applications relating to some of the most pressing societal and industrial challenges?
Answering these questions — in essence blurring the boundary between living and non-living matter — is the focus of our research.
The group forms part of the Membrane Biophysics Platform at Imperial. We also work closely with other groups in the fabriCELL centre for artificial cell research and in the Institute of Chemical Biology.
Group artwork: see below!