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Dr Jennifer McManus

Dr Jennifer McManus

Dr Jennifer McManus
BSc, PhD

Associate Professor

Area of research

Biophysics and Soft Matter

School of Physics,
HH Wills Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue BS8 1TL
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Research summary

We are interested in how and why proteins, peptides and biopolymers self-assemble into a variety of phases and states including crystals, amorphous solids, gels and demixed liquids. Using an interdisciplinary approach, combining techniques from biochemistry, molecular biology, physical chemistry and physics, we explore the process of assembly with a focus how the physical properties of biomolecules determine the pathway for assembly and the physical characteristics of the assembled state. We are interested in how weak anisotropic protein-protein interactions can be controlled to improve protein crystallization, which we explore using protein phase diagrams. A direct application of this work is in ...

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