Physics has for decades played a crucial role in the development of new techniques for medicine and is becoming increasingly important in understanding the behaviour of biological systems.

With many years of experience in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, we are now establishing complementary expertise in the development and application of optical imaging and vibrational spectroscopy. Physics relates to a wide range of fundamental questions in modern biology.

Our current activities range from studies of the cell membrane, through investigations of the ways in which cells sense and respond to physical signals, to integrative studies on touch perception. This work helps us to understand processes that may be involved in diseases ranging from diabetes to cancer, and hence to develop novel therapeutic approaches.

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