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I am a post-doctoral researcher supported by the Schmidt Science Foundation in partnership with the Rhodes Trust and a fellow at St. John's College. My research focusses on developing new experimental and predictive computational methods for understanding the behaviour of biological molecules and systems, in particular proteins.

Proteins are the executive molecules of life that through diverse set of highly integrated and tightly regulated interactions set the molecular basis for our well-being. Yet the diverse and dynamic nature of proteins has made it challenging to devise methods that could be effectively used for understanding the roles of proteins in human health and disease. As part of my research, I bring the state-of-the-art micron and nano scale fabrication and flow engineering approaches that I developed during my PhD research together with single molecule optical tools and machine-learning based computational approaches to develop methods for understandind the diversity of the biological roles of proteins. One of my key interests is to develop an explorative probe-free platform for single cell proteomic analysis.


Enhancing power density of biophotovoltaics by decoupling storage and power delivery
KL Saar, P Bombelli, DJ Lea-Smith, T Call, EM Aro, T Müller, CJ Howe, TPJ Knowles
– Nature Energy
Microfluidic approaches for probing amyloid assembly and behaviour
TW Herling, A Levin, KL Saar, CM Dobson, TPJ Knowles
– Lab on a chip
On-chip measurements of protein unfolding from direct observations of micron-scale diffusion.
Y Zhang, EV Yates, L Hong, KL Saar, G Meisl, CM Dobson, TPJ Knowles
– Chemical science
Mechanism of biosurfactant adsorption to oil/water interfaces from millisecond scale tensiometry measurements
L Kong, KL Saar, R Jacquat, L Hong, A Levin, H Gang, R Ye, B Mu, TPJ Knowles
– Interface focus
Gradient-free determination of isoelectric points of proteins on chip.
U Łapińska, KL Saar, EV Yates, TW Herling, T Müller, PK Challa, CM Dobson, TPJ Knowles
– Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
On-chip label-free protein analysis with downstream electrodes for direct removal of electrolysis products.
KL Saar, Y Zhang, T Müller, CP Kumar, S Devenish, A Lynn, U Łapińska, X Yang, S Linse, TPJ Knowles
– Lab on a Chip
Fluctuations in the Kinetics of Linear Protein Self-Assembly
TCT Michaels, AJ Dear, JB Kirkegaard, KL Saar, DA Weitz, TPJ Knowles
– Phys Rev Lett
Automated Ex Situ Assays of Amyloid Formation on a Microfluidic Platform.
K-L Saar, EV Yates, T Müller, S Saunier, CM Dobson, TPJ Knowles
– Biophysical Journal
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