Welcome to the Laboratory for Advanced Biopolymers and Nanomechanics of Proteins (LABNanoPro)!

Lab June 2020

Lab 2020. From left to right: Ionel, Smrithika, Luai, Sabita, Kim, Marina, Narayan, Binh, Annie and Joel. 

Our lab is using cutting-edge single molecule force spectroscopy techniques to investigate the response of proteins to mechanical perturbations. Our research combines instrument development, protein engineering, covalent attachment chemistries, and computer programming to study the mechano-chemistry of proteins from single molecule to tissue organization. Located in the new Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Center, our group has a brand new wet-lab section, fully equipped for protein engineering and surface chemistry, and measuring facilities, such as a fully operational custom-made magnetic tweezers and a microscope mounted tensile tester for biological tissues/materials, currently under development. For more information about our research of interests, please refer to our recent publications here.

May 11, 2020

Our Science Advances article was featured by Phys.org

Our Science Advances article showing the first demonstration of cation-induced actuation in protein-hydrogels was featured by Phys.org.





May 11, 2020

Marina Slawinski wins the second place in 2020 Student Research Poster Competition

Congratulations Marina for winning second place in the 2020 Student Research Poster Competition, organized the UWM College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Her presentation movie about our Shape Morphing project can be found at this link.


April 23, 2020

Our paper was featured on the front cover of Journal of Physical Chemistry B

Our article on protein L/antibody binding, entitled Binding-Induced Stabilization Measured on the Same Molecular Protein Substrate Using Single-Molecule Magnetic Tweezers and Heterocovalent Attachments made the cover of the April 23, 2020 issue of Journal of Physical Chemistry B.




February 21, 2020

An article was published about our lab in the 2020 edition of UWM Research magazine 

This article from the 2020 edition of UWM Research magazine talks about    our work on protein unfolding and its implications on better understanding how the human body works. This work is currently funded through NSF  Career Award.


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