To the web pages of the Statistical Physics of Biological Matter group at Leiden University.


Using traditional, and sometimes not so traditional, methods from polymer- and statistical physics we try to make sense of the materials and structures that form the fabric of life : the long, flexible strands of DNA that store our genetic code, the ubiquitous lipid bilayer membranes that compartmentalize living systems and allow them to maintain vital gradients, and the filamentous polymer networks that form the cytoskeleton, serving dual duties as both the structural scaffolding of cells and the backbone of intracellular transport.