Biophysical chemistry group
|Biological systems are complex assemblies of molecules. Our research is motivated by the conviction that we will only really understand how biological systems work when we know the structures of the molecules and how those change as a function of time. The focus of our work is on developing techniques to enable us to determine structural and kinetic molecular parameters of inhomogeneous dynamic populations of biomacromolecules. We are particularly interested in understanding how bacterial cell division works and how potential drugs interact with biomolecular assemblies such as membranes, cytoskeletal protein fibres, and nucleic acid structres. Our particular expertise is in spectroscopy. We use circular dichroism spectroscopy, absorbance and fluorescence spectroscopies. A lot of our effort goes into developing and applying new linear dichroism techniques and we are currently working on development of Raman Linear Difference spectroscopy.|
Our backgrounds are diverse. Alongside chemistry, there are group members who have trained in mathematics, biology and physics departments, with a wide range of expertise and experience. We are always open to new ideas and collaborations to develop the techniques and instruments we work with.
Contact us via:Nikola Paul Chmel: n dot chmel at warwick dot ac dot uk, +44 (0)24 76523234
Chemistry Department, University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry, CV4 7AL, United Kingdom
Alison Rodger: a dot rodger at warwick dot ac dot uk, +44 (0)7920531213
Alison's chemistry web page is here.
PhD funding is available for UK students on the MAS PhD programme.
The next Circular Dichroism and Linear Dichroism workshop will be sometime in 2017.
Go to the CD & LD workshop page for more information.
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