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Professor Tuomas Knowles

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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

On the role of sidechain size and charge in the aggregation of Aβ42 with familial mutations.
X Yang, G Meisl, B Frohm, E Thulin, TPJ Knowles, S Linse
– Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
(2018)
Budding-like division of all-aqueous emulsion droplets modulated by networks of protein nanofibrils
Y Song, TCT Michaels, Q Ma, Z Liu, H Yuan, S Takayama, TPJ Knowles, HC Shum
– Nature Communications
(2018)
9,
2110
Reaction rate theory for supramolecular kinetics: application to protein aggregation
TCT Michaels, LX Liu, S Curk, PG Bolhuis, A Šarić, TPJ Knowles
– Molecular Physics
(2018)
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Rapid Growth of Acetylated Aβ(16-20) into Macroscopic Crystals.
C Bortolini, LH Klausen, SV Hoffmann, NC Jones, D Saadeh, Z Wang, TPJ Knowles, M Dong
– ACS Nano
(2018)
Stochastic calculus of protein filament formation under spatial confinement
TCT Michaels, AJ Dear, TPJ Knowles
– NEW JOURNAL OF PHYSICS
(2018)
20,
ARTN 055007
Cooperative Assembly of Hsp70 Subdomain Clusters.
MA Wright, FA Aprile, MMJ Bellaiche, TCT Michaels, T Müller, P Arosio, M Vendruscolo, CM Dobson, TPJ Knowles
– Biochemistry
(2018)
Cholesterol catalyses A beta 42 aggregation through a heterogeneous nucleation pathway in the presence of lipid membranes
J Habchi, S Chia, C Galvagnion, TCT Michaels, MMJ Bellaiche, FS Ruggeri, M Sanguanini, I Idini, JR Kumita, E Sparr, S Linse, CM Dobson, TPJ Knowles, M Vendruscolo
– Nature Chemistry
(2018)
10,
673
Phase Separation of FUS is Modulated by Methylation State of Cation-π Interactions and Interaction with TNPO1
PH St George-Hyslop, S Qamar, G Wang, SJ Randle, FS Ruggeri, J Varela, CF Kaminski, GS Kaminski, M Vendruscolo, TPJ Knowles, D Klenerman, CE Holt, Q Lin, W meadows
– Cell
Water-Dispersible Polydopamine-Coated Nanofibers for Stimulation of Neuronal Growth and Adhesion
S Sieste, T Mack, CV Synatschke, C Schilling, C Meyer Zu Reckendorf, L Pendi, S Harvey, FS Ruggeri, TPJ Knowles, C Meier, DYW Ng, T Weil, B Knöll
– Adv Healthc Mater
(2018)
7,
e1701485
Measurement of Tau Filament Fragmentation Provides Insights into Prion-like Spreading
F Kundel, L Hong, B Falcon, WA McEwan, TCT Michaels, G Meisl, N Esteras, AY Abramov, TJP Knowles, M Goedert, D Klenerman
– ACS Chemical Neuroscience
(2018)
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Research Interest Groups

Telephone number

01223 336344

Email address

tpjk2@cam.ac.uk