Magnus Andersson

Magnus Andersson2022-02-22T13:15:03+01:00


Affiliate Associate Professor.

Develops optical tools to probe biology at the border of physics and chemistry.

Magnus is a physicist working at the border of physics, chemistry, and biology. He is the head of the Biophysics and Biophotonics group located at the Department of Physics at Umeå University. For 20 years, he has developed optical tweezers tools that are used to study biophysical and physicochemical properties of cells, bacteria, and spores on the single-cell level. Using in-house designed optical tweezers, the group is experts on force measurements and micro-Raman spectroscopy. Of special interest is single molecule/organelle force measurements that provide information on how bacteria can attach to surfaces and vibration spectroscopy to measure the chemical content of spores.

Magnus’s research also aims to develop image-processing algorithms and software development for tracking organisms. And, to confine organisms, the group develop microfluidic systems using 3D-printing technology.

Current Projects

  • How do interconnected networks of cells emerge during wood formation?

    Collaborators – Stephane Verger; Funding: Kempestiftelserna

  • Biophysical and Physicochemical Fingerprinting of Single Bacterial Spores

    Collaborators – Swedish Defense Research Establishment (FOI); Funding: Vetenskapsrådet

  • The glymphatic pathway of the brain – A factor in dementia?

    Collaborator – Anders Eklund, Anders Wåhlin, Jan Malm, Katrine Riklund, Funding: Stiftelsen för strategisk forskning (SSF)

  • Identification of key adhesion mechanisms in pathogenic Gram-negative bacteria – Characterization and analysis of bacterial adhesion

    Collaborators – Esther Bullitt (Boston University School of Medicine), Joseph Baker (The College of New Jersey), Anton Zavialov (University of Turku), Bernt Eric Uhlin (UmU)

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