Welcome to the Hobbs lab
Our group uses and develops atomic force microscopy and other scanning probe microscopy techniques to understand living systems.
We have a strong focus on the bacterial cell wall, bacterial growth, division and antimicrobial resistance. We are also interested in tissue mechanics and its impact on cancer metastasis, plant and fungal cell walls and their mechanics, as well as nucleic acids and their interactions with proteins.
To underpin these research areas we are developing AFM for improved force sensitivity, and better resolution, as well as novel approaches to analysing indentation data. Jamie and Nic also maintain an interest in semi-crystalline polymers.