Molecular and Nanoscale Physics

Lorna Dougan
Dougan Group October 2017

We are developing single molecule manipulation techniques and neutron diffraction to explore the physics of living systems. These powerful techniques are used to study biomolecular self-assembly and the structure and dynamics of molecules in aqueous solutions, in both simple and complex systems. The Dougan Group is based in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leeds. Its members are also part of the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology. We gratefully acknowledge funding from the EPSRC, BBSRC and ERC.


Current major projects include:

  • Protein-based hydrogels
  • Life in extreme environments
  • Single molecule force spectroscopy
  • Biophysical mechanisms of cryopreservation
  • Tools and technology for synthetic biology
  • Biomolecule self-assembly


Contact Details:

+44 (0) 113 343 8958

Room 8.32 EC Stoner Building
School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Leeds
United Kingdom