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Department of Chemistry

 
Portrait of tpjk2

We study the physical and chemical aspects of the behaviour of biopolymers and other soft systems. Much of our work has been focused on the physical aspects underlying the self-assembly of protein molecules. Self-organisation is the driving force generating complex matter in nature, and the process by which the machinery providing functionality in living systems is assembled. The goal of our research is to understand the physical and chemical factors which control the structures and dynamics of biomolecular assemblies, and the connections between the nanoscale characteristics of the component molecules and the physical properties of large-scale assemblies and their behaviour on a mesoscopic to macroscopic scale. The techniques used in our laboratory include biosensors, optical lithography, microfluidic devices and scanning probe microscopy and spectroscopy. We work both with natural and synthetic polymers and our interests range from fundamental chemical physics to technological applications in material science and molecular medicine.

Publications

Combining affinity selection and specific ion mobility for microchip protein sensing.
WE Arter, J Charmet, J Kong, KL Saar, TW Herling, T Müller, UF Keyser, TPJ Knowles
– Anal Chem
(2018)
Extrinsic Amyloid-Binding Dyes for the Detection of Individual Protein Aggregates in Solution
CG Taylor, G Meisl, MH Horrocks, H Zetterberg, TPJ Knowles, D Klenerman
– Anal Chem
(2018)
Stabilization and Characterization of Cytotoxic Aβ40 Oligomers Isolated from an Aggregation Reaction in the Presence of Zinc Ions.
B Mannini, J Habchi, S Chia, FS Ruggeri, M Perni, TPJ Knowles, CM Dobson, M Vendruscolo
– ACS Chemical Neuroscience
(2018)
Solution Fibre Spinning Technique for the Fabrication of Tuneable Decellularised Matrix-Laden Fibres and Fibrous Micromembranes.
Z Li, J Tuffin, IM Lei, FS Ruggeri, NS Lewis, EL Gill, T Savin, L Huleihel, SF Badylak, T Knowles, SC Satchell, GI Welsh, MA Saleem, Y Yan Shery Huang
– Acta Biomater
(2018)
Self-Assembly-Mediated Release of Peptide Nanoparticles through Jets Across Microdroplet Interfaces.
A Levin, TCT Michaels, TO Mason, T Müller, L Adler-Abramovich, L Mahadevan, ME Cates, E Gazit, TPJ Knowles
– ACS Appl Mater Interfaces
(2018)
DNA-coated Functional Oil Droplets.
A Caciagli, M Zupkauskas, A Levin, TPJ Knowles, C Mugemana, N Bruns, T O'Neill, WJ Frith, E Eiser
– Langmuir
(2018)
Massively parallel C. elegans tracking provides multi-dimensional fingerprints for phenotypic discovery
M Perni, PK Challa, JB Kirkegaard, R Limbocker, M Koopman, MC Hardenberg, P Sormanni, T Müller, KL Saar, LWY Roode, J Habchi, G Vecchi, N Fernando, S Casford, EAA Nollen, M Vendruscolo, CM Dobson, TPJ Knowles
– J Neurosci Methods
(2018)
306,
57
Conserved S/T Residues of the Human Chaperone DNAJB6 Are Required for Effective Inhibition of Aβ42 Amyloid Fibril Formation.
C Månsson, RTP van Cruchten, U Weininger, X Yang, R Cukalevski, P Arosio, CM Dobson, T Knowles, M Akke, S Linse, C Emanuelsson
– Biochemistry
(2018)
57,
4891
Origin of metastable oligomers and their effects on amyloid fibril self-assembly
F Hasecke, T Miti, C Perez, J Barton, D Schölzel, L Gremer, CSR Grüning, G Matthews, G Meisl, TPJ Knowles, D Willbold, P Neudecker, H Heise, G Ullah, W Hoyer, M Muschol
– Chemical Science
(2018)
9,
5937
Secondary nucleation in amyloid formation
M Törnquist, TCT Michaels, K Sanagavarapu, X Yang, G Meisl, SIA Cohen, TPJ Knowles, S Linse
– Chemical communications (Cambridge, England)
(2018)
54,
8667
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Research Interest Groups

Telephone number

01223 336344

Email address

tpjk2@cam.ac.uk