This theme contains the following programmes:
8A Nanomolecular machines in cellular force-transduction
8B Bionano interactions for biosensing
The Bio-nano technology field deals with the integration of biotechnology with nanotechnology. Biotechnology has its roots in molecular biology and in techniques to control biological materials. Nanotechnology has its roots in device miniaturisation and the control of nano-scale amounts of materials. These trends meet in this theme, where research is carried out into the function and possibilities of biological materials at a nano-scale level. One of the key developments is the move from the study of single molecules in clean and sterile systems to the study of single molecules inside complex biological environments. Many discoveries are still to be expected, both in revealing how biological molecules and biological cells function and interact, as well as in developing technologies to measure and manipulate these interactions.
Contact at the programme office for theme 8: Gerdine Stout