Professor Sir Sam Edwards

In the daily scientific activities of this research group, the scientific insights and methods of Professor Sir Sam Edwards are very frequently employed.  We use his theoretical tools when studying networks or topology of polymers, and the understanding of the dynamics of polymers is forever influenced by his magnificent insights. We remember a truly great… Read More »

Active systems

Molecular machines are responsible for a variety of non-equilibrium actions. They can make cells themselves move about, and perhaps exhibit fascinating collective motion, and the are responsible, amongst other things, for the transportation of cargo, or play a role in the tightening of the contractile ring during cells division. A range of molecular motors move… Read More »

Collaborator: Ben Loos

Dr Ben Loos (Dept of Physiological Sciences at Stellenbosch University) has a long-standing interest in the molecular mechanisms that control cell death susceptibility. His research centres around protein degradative mechanisms and their dynamics, transport and function of mitochondria along tubulin networks and their role in neuronal degeneration and migration.  His research group utilizes in vitro… Read More »

Nanobiophysics

The organisation and dynamics of intracellular structures that maintain a cell’s form, shape, function and viability are rather complex. An emerging central theme which addresses this complexity deals with ATP-driven intracellular transport mechanisms along the tubulin network or the ability of mitochondria to rapidly undergo fission and fusion, and thereby creating a network that is adapted to… Read More »

Kristian Müller-Nedebock

Kristian Müller-Nedebock is a physicist, employed as Professor in the Department of Physics at Stellenbosch University.  His route to the current position in Stellenbosch included a PhD at the Cavendish Laboratory from the University of Cambridge and several years as a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz. Ph.D. (Cambridge),… Read More »

Alumnus: Mohau Mateyisi

Jacob Mohau Mateyisi graduated with a PhD in December 2014.  The work in his dissertation covered the diffusion of particles in narrow, laterally coupled channels.  Previously he worked on active networks, using a reversible formalism and the replica method to compute the network elasticity. Mohau has worked at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Muizenberg,… Read More »