Self-organization of protein systems
We study mechanisms of protein self-organization, i.e. how protein systems interact to give rise to the living cell.
Instead of looking at these phenomena in an intact cell, our group uses a “bottom-up” synthetic biology approach to rebuild cellular processes from purified components in vitro.
We are particularly interested in the mechanisms of bacterial cell division and small GTPase signaling.
We combine biochemistry, structural biology, fluorescence microscopy, quantitative image analysis and microfabrication to bridge the gap between molecular structures of protein complexes and their emergent biological functions.
The Loose Lab is part of ISTA, located in Klosterneuburg, close to Vienna, Austria, where we have close collaborations with bacterial cell biologists, biochemists and structural biologists as well asl bio- and soft matter physicists.
Our research is supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), the European Research Council (ERC) and the EMBO Young Investigator Program.